This Day in History

On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc, a peasant girl who became a French military leader inspired by visionary religious experiences, was burned at the stake for heresy in Rouen, France. At just 19, she was executed after a politically motivated trial overseen by an ecclesiastical court. Joan’s martyrdom became a symbol of resilience and faith, and she was canonized as a saint in 1920. Her legacy continues to inspire discussions on faith, nationalism, and the role of women in history.