Sexual Fables
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Voices and Saints


  • 1412 Joan of Arc born in Domrémy in Lorraine
  • 1428 The English begin their siege of Orléans
  • 1429 Joan leads French armies in the liberation of Orléans and other cities; coronation of King Charles VII in Reims
  • 1430 Joan captured by the Burgundians and later turned over to the English
  • 1431 Joan put on trial in Rouen and burnt at the stake
  • 1456 Joan declared officially innocent
  • 1734-4 Voltaire in Cirey, on the border with Lorraine
  • 1730 Voltaire starts writing La Pucelle (The Maid of Orléans)
  • 1750 Sections of La Pucelle (The Maid of Orléans) are published anonymously
  • 1751-53 Voltaire in Berlin
  • 1755 La Pucelle (The Maid of Orléans) first published in its entirety – anonymously
  • 1762 Voltaire acknowledges La Pucelle as his poem
  • 1801 Friedrich von Schiller’s tragedy, Die Jungfrau von Orleans (The Maid of Orléans)
    1920 Joan of Arc canonized and becomes patron saint of France
  • 1945 On Liberation Day DeGaulle leads Free France march to her statue in Paris

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