Letters of Jeanne’s
Still extant are nine letters of Jeanne’s either original or contemporary copies. Until the last war, there was ten, but unfortunately the letter addressed to the loyal citizens of Tournai, summoning them to the coronation at Riems, was among the archives of the town destroyed by enemy action.
Three of the letters remaining are addressed to the citizens of Rheims, the others are addressed respectively to the English, the Duke of Burgundy, the Comte d’Armagnac, the Hussites, and to the citizens of Riom and of Troyes. The letter addressed to the citizens of Riom came to light among the archives of that town as recently as 1844.
The interesting point about it is that a single black hair had been pressed into the wax of the seal by a finger. The custom whereby the writer of a letter plucked a hair from his head and pressed it into his seal was frequent at the time; it was an additional guarantee of the authenticity of the document; so it may be taken as reasonably certain that the hair came from Jeanne’s head, witch gives additional confirmation to the tradition that she was ´black and swart` Sadly, the single black hair and the wax seal have since been lost, even though the letter itself is still intact in the archives.
From: W. S. Scott: Jeanne d’Arc-Her Life, Her Death, and the Myth. Appendix