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This week in Christian history: Pope Nicholas elected, Joan of Arc victorious, ‘Paradise Lost’ sold

A 19th century depiction of Saint Joan of Arc entering Orleans during the siege of the French city in 1429.
A 19th century depiction of Saint Joan of Arc entering Orleans during the siege of the French city in 1429. | Public Domain

Throughout the extensive history of the Church, there have been numerous events of lasting significance.

Each week brings anniversaries of impressive milestones, unforgettable tragedies, amazing triumphs, memorable births and notable deaths.

Some of the events drawn from over 2,000 years of history might be familiar, while others might be previously unknown by most people.

The following pages highlight anniversaries of memorable events that occurred this week in Christian history. They include the election of Pope Nicholas I, John Milton selling the rights to Paradise Lost, and Saint Joan of Arc relieving Orleans.

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