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The Many Images of Joan of Arc: Hero, Cross-Dresser, Saint

Student Christine Dawe
Faculty Mentor(s) Dr. Clayton Drees
Department History
Course Hist 426

Abstract

This paper explores the many roles Joan of Arc has filled both during her brief life and after her death with particular emphasis on her cross-dressing. It was this role as a cross-dresser that infuriated her enemies and played a more direct role in her execution than her alleged heresy alone. Coupled with this cross-dressing, the female saints she believed spoke to her represented a flagrant refusal of the Church's patriarchal rule. The legacy her role as a cross-dresser has left behind will also be explored, mentioning her role as a positive symbol for the modern GLBTQIA community.

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