During my quick perusal of my Facebook feed this morning I saw this update from friend, fellow Sunstonian, and all around great guy Bill McGee:
On this day in 1431 Joan of Ark was burned at the stake, setting the standard for how patriarchy would deal with uppity women for the next 583 years.
So, inspired by Brother Bill and in honor of The Maid of Orleans I present this brief “Hymns of Social Justice” post to celebrate uppity women who stand up to the patriarchy.
“Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)” was one of two songs on OMD’s third studio album Architecture & Morality that was about Joan of Arc. The other song was right before it as the first song on side two of the album (you know those vinyl things that you had to flip over if you wanted to hear all of the songs) was simply called Joan of Arc. According to Wikipedia (fountain of all knowledge 🙂 ) “Maid of Orleans had originally been written by Andy McCluskey on 30 May 1981, the 550th anniversary of Joan of Arc’s death.” SO, as you enjoy “Maid of Orleans” remember what Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History”
And for those of you who like a stronger beat and want to celebrate Joan’s fight against the patriarchy, here is Dark Moor’s “Maid of Orleans”