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Saturday, 30 May 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping, the golden age of Hollywood (esp westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. 

This is a series of very, very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #43 – 30 May 1431

Joan of Arc (Maid of Orléans) was born circa 1412 and died 30 May, 1431 in Rouen.  She was a national heroine of France, a peasant girl who believed that she was acting under divine guidance as she led the French army in a momentous victory at Orleans that repulsed an English attempt to conquer France during the Hundred Years War.  She was captured and burned to death for heresy by the English and their French collaborators. She was approximately 19 years old.

More than 20 years later, after a thorough investigation into the death sentence verdict, she was declared innocent. She was canonised by Pope Benedict XV on 16 May, 1920.

Her feast day is 30 May.

 "I am not afraid; I was born to do this."

Sources: Various

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