Joan of Arc's last tears in Rouen

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Joan's stake (extract from J. d'Arc et la Normandie au 15e s) - ©The British Library / Public domain Joan's stake (extract from J. d'Arc et la Normandie au 15e s) - ©The British Library / Public domain
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What’s this?

Oh, no need to cry, really! But you’ll just melt for these little roasted and caramelized almonds coated with chocolate and rolled in cocoa’s powder!

The little history

Confectioners called those sweets "the Maid of Orléans’ tears" (larmes de Jeanne d'Arc in French)... because in Rouen, Joan of Arc died at stake! And she shed so many tears, here, alone...

Captured near Compiègne on May 23th 1430, while she was attacking a Burgundian camp, they handed her over to the English. A journey began, bringing her from Arras to Le Crotoy, from Saint-Valéry to Dieppe... and finally Rouen, English lair par excellence. Rouen...

Here, she met those awful Godons (the English, that was the name Joan gave them, from "god dam")... They brought her in the castle of Rouen, raised by king Philip Augustus. At the top of the Bouvreuil's hill, it seemed so scary, so sinister...

Joan was soaked to the skin, but she didn't care. Nothing mattered now. They locked her in the middle of the keep, in a dark room. She shivered, she couldn’t see anything!

In this room, there was an iron cage, specially made for her. She could not stay upright, it was a real torture... But they locked her in this cage until her trial. On night, she slept on a poor straw mattress, with a big chain which fettered her waist, with irons on her feet.

Oh, they had to keep an eye on her, this girl sent by the Devil! 5 English soldiers took turns to stand guard: they were named houspilleurs, "the one who tell off", the worst kind of robbers and swindlers! They humiliated and her. The trial took time...

And Joan shed lots of tears, suffered a lot: at least, did she find comfort in her prayers? She died in Rouen, at stake...


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