Jeanne la Pucelle – May 30

Today commemorates and mourns a different type of burning to that in America:

The recovered documents show she bested the inquisitors, particularly when asked if she was in the Grace of God. She answered that if she were not, she would hope soon to be and if she was, then what was this trial?

This from an uneducated peasant girl who was getting advice from somewhere. From where? An enigma. Most know how she won the soldiery over and employed [or advised] aggressive tactics, gaining results in the main.

*She has words put in her mouth in the song about being the resurrected light, which is troublesome.

It might be a reference to the light having gone out of France by that time, with the English and Burgundians ruling the land, and therefore, she was the resurrected light of France itself. Whatever.

You can follow the lyrics below, the theme is obviously elevated above the normal pop/rock song, the singer’s name is Julie Wareing, not much is known about her. 

It starts properly about three minutes in:

Put on your armour, come with me
There’s a universe waiting to be free
Preoccupied with thoughts of you
My voices showed me the way through
I will lead you … from your hell
Said Joan of Arc

I’m a woman … for all you men
You listened to me … once back then
Your pride soon got the upper hand
Suffocating all my plans
I am the … resurrected light*
Said Joan of Arc
Said Joan of Arc

Cut all your chains, follow me
To break the bonds, to set us free
Said Joan of Arc
You see me, a callow girl
Marching through a shallow world
Said Joan of Arc
You’re sorry for me now I see
You realise immediately
I am the resurrected light
Said Joan of Arc

I came in time to call the shots
Your selfish meditating stops
Any kind of victory song
You know now I was always strong
Together we could rule the world*
You see an ordinary girl

But I will burn and you will die
Said Joan of Arc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahh put on your armour, come with me
There’s a universe waiting to be free
Preoccupied with thoughts of you
My voices showed me the way through
I will lead you … from your hell
Said Joan of Arc
Said Joan of Arc

Cut all your chains, follow me
To break the bonds, to set us free
Said Joan of Arc
You see me, a callow girl
Marching through a shallow world
Said Joan of Arc
You’re sorry for me now I see
You realise immediately

I will burn and you will die

She would be the first to say to modern day women that what she achieved was with God coursing through her veins, she made many references to that.

When feminists get onto the shameful treatment of her, then I’d agree – she had to wear male gear which she tied to her body with ropes so that she could not be raped, which she was in constant danger of.

And then the patriarchal churchmen removed it and made her wear a dress, which put her at risk.

To me, it’s not feminism to highlight her story, to be appalled by those around her – the whole point of chivalry was to protect women’s virtue and safety.

Here’s a review of the French film on the subject, better version than the English language versions, though I prefer Leelee Sobieski in the title role.

As a film, ”Jeanne la Pucelle” is austere and handsome, propelled by an unadorned but magnetic performance by Sandrine Bonnaire as the doomed heroine and enhanced by music by Jordi Savall, the violist da gamba whose expertise in medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music contributed so much to the authenticity and excellence of ”Tous les Matins du Monde.”

This is the anniversary today of her 1431 burning.