- Joan of Arc (People, Religion, Folklore, and Urban Legends)
"You wanna know something about Joan of Arc, Veronica? Huh? God didn't really talk to her. Uh-uh. It's true, I saw it on TV. You know, it was one of those historical forensics programs. And they decided she had a brain tumor. Burned alive. What a waste. She thought her death meant something. But all it meant was she was crazy. Think about that, Veronica."
French heroine Joan of Arc was burned at the stake on charges of heresy and sorcery in Rouen, France, in 1431 at the age of 19. As an adolescent, Joan was driven by religious visions to lead the French resistance that ultimately ended England's siege of Orléans in 1429. Canonized in 1920 in the Roman Catholic Church, she is the patron saint of a number of causes, including France, martyrs, prisons, soldiers, victims of rape, and the Women's Army Corps, which Joan probably didn't know about at the time. Like Veronica, Joan showed smarts and courage well beyond her young years. While there have been many theories as to the cause of her visions, including epilepsy and tuberculosis, nothing has been proven conclusively. Also? Aaron's a sociopathic asshole.
- 1.22 "Leave It to Beaver"
- Who's Who bio: Joan of Arc