Joan of Arc Was Far from The Saint She's Portrayed As (Video)
The well-known Joan of Arc, often referred to as la Pucelle, stands as a complex historical figure, far from the conventional depiction of a holy maiden. She emerged as an iconic female warrior, her story shrouded in twists and turns. Predictions of her arrival circulated, echoing through prophecies of a maiden clad in armor saving France from its English foes. Her affinity for armor and a twist of fate led her on an unexpected journey. While historians speculate about her identity and connections, Joan's path intertwined with the powerful Duchess Yolande of Aragon, who may have manipulated her story for political gain.
Joan's conviction to lead and her unique moniker, la Pucelle, highlight her purity and determination. However, she wasn't without flaws; her interactions with unsavory characters and judgments against marginalized groups reveal a less saintly side. Despite these complexities, Joan's enigmatic journey, whether driven by faith, magic, or something else entirely, etched her place in history, burning as a lasting beacon.
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Top image: Joan of Arc, Patron Saint of France. Source: ckybe / Adobe Stock.