As a mere peasant girl, Joan of Arc was entrusted to lead an army against the English occupation of France in the fifteenth century. In male armor, she successfully led battle after battle, which culminated in her ultimate goal: The coronation of King Charles VII.
She claimed to have been guided by saints. She even said they told her to adopt men’s clothing for the fight.
Soon after the coronation, Joan was captured by English allies and tried for heresy by the Inquisition of the Catholic Church. Convicted for cross-dressing, she was condemned to death.
Did she wear male attire so her comrades would take her leadership role seriously?
Whatever the reason, she was burned alive at the stake at the age of 19.
With proof that she’d been unjustly convicted, Joan of Arc was canonized a saint in 1920.
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 8:59am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
On Thursday, Diversity Richmond, in partnership with WRIR, will host its third radio show, this time on LGBT sexuality and in front of a live audience. The organization’s new monthly series that broadcasts on 97.3 FM addresses LGBT issues. Diversity Richmond’s first show launched two months ago and featured SAGE Central Virginia, a program Diversity [...]