7) Why did Joan of Arc die?
Ask most people why Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, and the answer “heresy” will be usually be offered. The so-called Maid of Orleans was distrusted for claiming that God had guided her to fight as a soldier during the Hundred Years’ War. While this is technically true, the real reason for her execution in 1431 is more unusual.
In May 1430, Joan was captured and imprisoned by her English and Burgundian enemies. A trial for heresy began in 1431, with questions focusing on her faith and visions. The offence of wearing male clothing – also a heresy – was pursued. Joan had repeatedly done this, first as a soldier in armour, and later during her imprisonment as a defence against rape.
Remarkably, it was for cross-dressing that she was ultimately executed after once again donning male clothes, despite promising to give them up.
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