The trial of Joan of Arc began in the city of Rouen on this day in 1431. Rouen is located in Northern France and is in the region of Normandy though some 90 miles from the English Channel.
This folk heroine who was eventually given Roman Catholic sainthood lived only 19 years, but she was able to lead a French army to victories during the Hundred Years' War, so a fairly accomplished young woman. Certainly she paid the ultimate price since she was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. Today, February 21st was the start of her trial.
During the trial, a most famous response was made by Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) when she was asked if she knew she was in God's grace. "If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me." Her imprisonment and trial were anything but "fair"and her burning execution was a tragic event in French history.
Today's Rouen is a very picturesque place with an historic old town and I'm very much looking forward to a visit there next month while in Normandy. So much history...so much amazing discovery is to be found in France.
A great way to tour Rouen is from your cruise ship's arrival in either Rouen, Le Havre, or Honfleur. We often arrange Normandy private tours from cruise ships to visit this historic town and the surrounding region of Normandy. Also, it is a fabulous addition to a private tour to Normandy that includes several nights in the region, since it ties in nicely with visits to Giverny, the D-Day Beaches, and Mont Saint Michel.