THE MAID OF ORLÉANS
May 30, 1431: after being captured and sold to the English, Joan of Arc is finally burned at the stake for heresy. Although being rehabilitated by Pope Callixtus III as soon as in 1456, Joan is only beatified by Pope Pius X in 1909; the Maid of Orléans is finally canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. Joan is now one of the most influential and well-known women of the Middle Ages, as well as one of the most famous Saints in all of history."Joan of Arc tied to the stake", illumination from the manuscript "Les Vigiles de Charles VII" by Martial d'Auvergne, ms. Français 5054, f. 71r, 1484, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.