"Saint Joan"

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"Saint Joan"


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This article from the Sunday Times provides a positive review of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan”, which premiered in Australia at His Majesty’s Theatre in 1932. “Saint Joan” is a play based on the life (Scenes 1-5), trial (scene 6) and canonisation (Epilogue) of Joan of Arc. The play’s depiction of medieval France is praised by the reviewer as vivid and realistic. For a copy of Shaw’s “Saint Joan”, see http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200811h.html.


About Joan of Arc:

Joan of Arc was born in 1412 in the French village of Domrémy. From the age of about 12, Joan had visions of saints and heard heavenly voices that increasingly urged her to fight for France during the Hundred Years’ War. She travelled to the court of Charles De Ponthieu, the Orléanist claimant to the throne, where she was provided with a suit of armour and her distinctive banner depicting a golden fleur-de-lys. She secured a decisive military victory to rescue the city of Orléans from the Earl of Salisbury’s English army in 1429, and was present at the coronation of Charles VII. However, in May the following year Joan was captured by Burgundian forces at Compiègne, and was handed over to the English. She was tried at Rouen on charges of witchcraft and heresy, and was condemned to death. On 30 May 1431, she was executed. Two and a half decades later, the case was appealed and her conviction was overturned. She was beatified in 1909 and canonised as a saint in 1920.




National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58662791


The Sunday Times


8 May 1932


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National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58662791