Tuesday, May 8, 2012

St. Joan of Arc 600 years later

Painting by Sir John Gilbert

May 2, 2012, Orleans, France – Looking appropriately cinematic, the Loire River swarmed with wooden boats carrying locals in medieval garb on Tuesday, reenacting Joan of Arc’s famous entry into the city in 1429.

Later in the week, a medieval market will be the scene of period cuisine and music, while a sound and light show will be projected on the city’s Gothic cathedral to celebrate her life.

“Everyone wants to appropriate her, and have their piece,” said Orleans deputy mayor, Jean-Pierre Gabelle, “but this festival will put her back where she belongs.”

The festival, in the city of Orleans, runs until May 13.

Read more.

Pictures of the event.

Of interest:

Saint Joan of Arc’s military genius was of divine inspiration

Saint Joan of Arc: Enduring Power

January 6 – St. Joan of Arc was born on this day 600 years ago

Video – Festivals Begin to Commemorate Saint Joan of Arc

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