Frequently Asked Questionst

Her name used in this web project: Jeanne d’Arc or Joan of arc?

Although we know her as Joan of Arc, or Jeanne d’Arc in French, she called herself Jehanne la Pucelle, or Joan the Maid. She is also known as the “Maid of Orléans.” Pucelle means “maid” and also signifies that she was a virgin, an important distinction given that her society held female virginity before marriage in high regard. In this project, both versions of her name are used. It varies according to the origin of an article and translation.

In the management of proper names I may not hope to have succeeded better than other authors who have written of the history of one country in the language of another. In this matter it is hard to formulate a principle, and impossible to live up to it when formulated without falling into absurdity.

For instance, I find it impossible to write of the great ally of the English except as “Philip, duke of Burgundy;” and, if I am to do so, I do not see how I can write of Jeanne’s father as “Jacques d’Arc,” or of the favorite of Charles VII. as “Georges de la Trémoille.” In the fifteenth century, the particle “de” in “de Bourgogne,” “d’Arc,” and “de la Trémoille” meant, so far as I can perceive, the same thing.

I acknowledge, however, that “James of Arc” is an awkward locution, and in the notes, at any rate, I have sometimes left a French name untranslated.

“I will retain her natural and beautiful name. To translate it into Joan seems quite unnecessary ”

(Mrs. Oliphan. Scottish novelist and historical writer)

Can I contribute to this web project?

Any articles, essays, pictures, texts, books etc. are welcome.

It must be as historically accurate as possible, but secular perspective or a philosophy, is also welcomed. Photographs to accompany your article are encouraged, as well as illustrations or drawings. Please include an optional short paragraph about the conditions or situation where a picture was taken I may have to crop or resize your image to properly fit it into main page and design.

Please do not send copyright material unless you are the author. I reserves the right to not post unsuitable subjects.

Technical problems & feedback?

Please report broken links or type mistakes in this site.

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Educational use?

If you are planning to use this web project in your classroom teaching, please do so in compliance with the restrictions noted above, with the understanding that this is for classroom use only. Read more here

When was web project started and published for the first time?

The project started in 1997 and got its own website there, but opened the first official August 1, 2000. Since then, the web project expanded with many initiatives and enhancements.

Citing the website in general

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Is this web project dedicated to someone?

Yes! – Historians, students, artists, writers and everybody with a passion and devotion for Jeanne d’Arc.

Can I donate to the web project?

Yes! – I’ve been running this project for free for over 20 years (since 1997). If you’ve watched and enjoyed the content so far and find it useful, and wish to support the project and help it grow, consider donating the amount that you feel comfortable with. That would mean a lot of motivation to me!

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