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The Trial of Jeanne d'Arc

Nature volume 128, pages 284285 (22 August 1931) | Download Citation



THERE can have been few historical events which have seemed more inexplicable than those which made up the life of Joan of Arc. A peasant girl of eighteen profoundly affected the destinies of nations. Such things seem impossible; yet they occurred. The problem of Joan will perhaps never be completely solved. It may never be possible to show that her history was simply an unusual configuration of events, motives, and personal characteristics which were each in themselves neither unique nor startling. But Mr. Barrett's excellent translation of the documents relating to her trial enables even the layman to attempt such an analysis.

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