The statue was dedicated by the Dean of Winchester in 1923, three years after her canonisation and nearly five centuries after Jeanne d 'Arc's death (1431). It is eloquently described in a leaflet from the time. It is “slight act of reparation,” the text reads, “and as an earnest that we in England join in the admiration and reverence for her with the great nation which, in her days, was our gallant enemy, but which has now become our trusted friend and heroic ally.”
"THERE are many great stones in Winchester Cathedral, one of Britain’s finest monuments to medieval times. But there is one in particular, a piece of French history, which has made a special journey to Hampshire.
Inside the base of Winchester’s statue of Joan of Arc is said to be a stone taken from her prison cell in Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy where she was tried and burnt at the stake for her conquests in the Hundred Years’ War.
This teenager crusader against English occupation was sentenced to death by Henry Beaufort, then Bishop of Winchester. Besides lending his name to the city’s secondary school, Cardinal Beaufort was among the powerful clergymen who helped to pull the strings behind Joan’s trial for heresy."
A short series about saints this week
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