Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Oui? Joan of Arc
The Story of Joan of Arc is a wonderful but tragic saga in Europe’s rich history, it was the first time we English came into our own as the villains we apparently are so good at playing.
But that’s not what interests me.
She, like other female leaders in history such as Boudica fascinate me to no end, Joan more so perhaps because of the incredible sexism that existed within Europe in her time.
She was a symbol of hope for the French when the war was going badly and their kingdom was in desperation, but she was not wholly appreciated by her country men who shunned her and did little to help her when she was finally caught by the English who appreciated her even less.
The tragedy is not just that she was burned alive, but was executed under the pretences of heresy against a faith that she so fervently believed she actually thought that her god was speaking to her, and that very church however slyly used her own faith to destroy her. It was a cruel and tragic death that used the scruples of theology to deny this incredible young woman the remainder of her life.
It disgusts me to think that even today in some parts of the world people are still killed because of theological injustice. It’s totally unnecessary, the faith groups of Europe managed to move on, so can the rest of the world.