The Burning of Joan of Arc?

Why was Joan of Arc burned alive? Was the reason religious, political or both?

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  • Cosmos
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    8 years ago
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    The REAL reason Joan was burned was purely political. She had led the French successfully against England and the England, having captured her, wanted her dead. But they needed a handy excuse. So they trumped up charges of witchcraft, because she claimed to have heard voices. She claimed they were angels. The charges naturally claimed they were devils. She was eventually given the choice of being hanged if she would change into women's attire or being burned for wearing men's clothing. But, since she was going to die in any case, and she had led the armies of France dressed in men's armor, as a soldier herself, she chose to die as she had lived, and was burned for it. But when it comes right down to it, the English really only wanted to get rid of the leader of the French armies and would have done her in regardless -- dress or pants, voices or no voices.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Shakespeare spoke disparagingly of her. Mark Twain called her the greatest person who ever lived.

    It was religious and political. The question remains, Did God speak to her and give her a task ?

  • 8 years ago

    many students wrote her down as the wife of noah

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    She was Spiritual Warrior. They killed her because they were afraid.

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