Friday, June 18, 2010

Cristian saints (for Christian saints)

On June 18, 1429, Joan of Arc inspired the French army to defeat the English at Patay, turning the tide of the Hundred Years’ War. Jeanne d’Arc claimed to be divinely inspired, having visions from Saint Margaret, Saint Catherine, and Saint Michael. She was later captured, pronounced a heretic, and burned at the stake by the English at the age of 19 in 1431.

Her vindication came years later in 1456, when the Church overturned her conviction and declared her a martyr. Centuries later in 1920, Joan was canonized as a Christian saint.

“Cristian saints” is a typo that appears occasionally in subject headings. Other errors can be found by searching subject headings for “Cristian” missing the H, including “Cristian ethics” and “Cristianity.”

(Photo of the Joan of Arc statue in Reims, France from Wikimedia Commons.)

Leanne Olson

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