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7 Things You THOUGHT You Knew About Joan Of Arc

Posted: 04/ 3/2012 10:54 am

One of the difficulties in writing about an iconic figure like Joan of Arc is that so much has been published about her that many people feel they already know her story and that there is nothing new to tell. But separating fact from fiction is harder than it looks. To put the record straight, here are seven myths debunked:

Nancy Goldstone is the author of The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc [Viking, $26.95]

She kicked the English out of France and won the Hundred Years War.
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Although Joan did help lift the siege of Orléans and led the dauphin to be crowned king at Reims, this did not win the war. On the contrary, England would continue to occupy large portions of France for twenty years after Joan's execution at Rouen in 1431.
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