Joan of Arc

What did Joan of Arc look like?

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2014-01-17 01:26:40

She was said to be short, stocky, sunbrowned, with dark eyes, a

red birthmark behind her left ear, and a light feminine voice. Her

black hair was bobbed short.

In the "Procès de Réhabilitation" (the notes of her trial) she

is described as a short, sturdy woman, with black hair. She wore

man's clothes. Her hair had been cut short all around, just like a

man's. Portraits of her are not available, the only one she sat for

is missing. Other pictures show her with long black or light brown

hair ,this may have been the artist's best guess.

According to Jean D'Aulon, Joan of Arc's steward, who often

helped her to get in and out of her suit of armor and slept many

times in the same room as Joan, described her as being beautiful,

strong, and well-formed (shapely). The Duke D'Alencon, one of

Joan's military commanders, described her in the same way. D'Aulon

stated that he often saw Joan's naked legs and breasts when he had

to dress her wounds in battle. He said he never felt lust for Joan,

pretty as she was, because he thought it would be shameful to have

such feelings for such an inspiring and religious person. Every

description of Joan's hair was that it was short and black. Her

eyes were described as "large, dark, and grave".

Adrian Harmand, a French scholar, discovered an order by the

Duke of Orleans for several articles of clothing for Joan, of which

one was a robe "of fine Brussels cloth" of 80 cm. in length. From

this (a robe would go from Joan's shoulders to her knees), he

determined Joan's height to be 1.58 meters, or about 5 feet, two

inches, which would be short for a woman today but for the latter

Middle Ages about normal or even a little above average.


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