When a brief truce with England at the start of 1430 ended, Joan was captured in a battle with Burgandy in May 1430 and attempts to rescue her failed. In January 1431 the famous trial at Rouen (the seat of the English occupation government) began at which she was eventually found guilty of heresy. On 30 May 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, still a teenager. The King ordered an investigation into the trial if for no other reason than the legal process was severely flawed. By the time the declaration of her innocence was made in 1456, the Hundred Years’ War was over.
All of which has very little to do with pop music in the 1980s. Except that Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released two consecutive singles with Joan of Arc as their theme taken from their 1981 album Architecture And Morality, the second of which was released 33 years ago today. Mostly instrumental, Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc) makes the Top 5, just like its predecessor Joan Of Arc.
NEW SINGLES on sale from Jan. 15
BOW WOW WOW (Annabella) Go Wild In The Country (RCA RCA175)
The BUGGLES Adventures In Modern Recording (Carrere CAR222)
ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc) (Dindisc DIN40)
SPANDAU BALLET She Loved Like Diamond (Reformation CHS2585)
Mari WILSON Beat The Beat (The Compact Organization PINK2)
BAUHAUS (Peter Murphy) Lagartija Nick (Beggars Banquet BEG88)