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Today in History: Joan of Arc

Posted by Gilbert Stack on May 23, 2019 at 5:10 AM

On this day (May 23) in 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians as she led the rearguard covering the retreat of her force into the city of Compiegne. The governor of Compiegne, Guillaume de Flavy, ordered the city gates closed before the rearguard entered the city. Whether this was an act of treachery to keep Joan from reaching safety or an act of prudence to keep the Burgundians from overwhelming the rearguard and capturing the city has been debated ever since. The Burgundians would eventually turn Joan over to the English who burned her death for alleged heresy—as the only way they could explain how a woman could lead an army and reverse the military fortunes of the English and their allies was to link her success to the enemies of God.

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