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St. Jeanne d' Arc

 

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

St. Jeanne d' Arc

 

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

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 17 Jul 2017, 00:50
Thank you for the excellent, illustrated History Lesson, My Teacher!
Philine: Once teacher, always teacher, sorry, Merci bien, Ray!
An excellent statue and photo... and interesting info!
Philine: Merci beaucoup, Elizabeth!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:07
Une sainte française !
Philine: Vraiment - française! Merci bien, Martine! Je visitais Rouen et Orléans.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:37
I am obliged to you for the potted history lesson Philine. The statue is of its time, typical 1920s art..
Philine: Sorry, a bit too much history this morning, but I found it interesting. There is always a special relationship between England and France. In Schiller's tragedy about Jeanne d' Arc there is a wonderful love story between the English officer Lionel and her. Many thanks, Chris!
I find that I eat up everything I can on Jeanne d' Arc, Philine, because it's such an incredible story. Your image truly does her justice.
Philine: Heel bedankt, Ginnie! I have the same opinion about this strong lady as Astrid said.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:49
That is a wonderful statue of the strong lady!!!
Philine: Yes, she is - I have always a liking for Jeanne d'Arc. In August I'll visit Rouen again. Heel bedankt, Astrid!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 17 Jul 2017, 07:00
This is an elegant statue Philine. She is a heroic figure which I first learnt about at junior school.
Philine: Like me, and we read "Die Jungfrau von Orléans" by Friedrich Schiller in our German lesson. Many thanks, Chad!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 17 Jul 2017, 07:17
That is very interesting about the stone taken from her cell. Reminds me it may be time to go to Winchester again
Philine: Tomorrow there is a service and celebration about Jane Austen who died on 18th July 1817 in Winchester. Winchester is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England. Many thanks, Lisl!
It is a long time since I last visited Winchester cathedral and I don't recall seeing this. An interesting piece of history Philine
Philine: This was also my motivation to bring this piece of history. Many thanks, Bill!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2017, 08:03
I enjoyed this fine statue for myself a few weeks ago. She featured strongly in my school history lessons. Rouen was my first ever city that I visited outside of the UK.
Philine: Yes, we all learnt about her at school. We German students read the tragedy by Schiller "Die Jungfrau von Orléans", and I wrote a special essay about this drama. being so impressed with this teenager. I visited Rouen two years ago, and in August I'll travel to the Normany again, also to Rouen with a cathedral as beautiful as Winchester Cathedral. Many thanks, Alan! Your bike ride yesterday as surely a delight.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jul 2017, 09:06
A sad history, indeed. Beautiful edifice.
Philine: Yes, Winchester cathedral is a real delight. Many thanks, Louis!
Merci pour les explications ..cette Jeanne est vraiment très belle
Bonne journée
Philine: J' aime cette statue aussi. Merci beaucoup, Claudine!
Like all such statues she is represented in so many different ways by different artists, I rather like this one.
Philine: I, too, like this statue and I found the history lesson interesting. Many thanks, Brian!

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