Fictions of Joan of Arc


Sackville West, in his book “Saint Joan of Arc,” tries to prove every miracle of Joan’s. However he concedes Joan used every method necessary to succeed in freeing France from the English. Did she contrive with her uncle to persuade the general to provide her with troops by the miracle of hens laying eggs after she prayed, or did the peasants hide the eggs he daily requested? Did she recognize the Dolphin in his disguise or did her Voices point him out with supernatural means? Whatever her guile, she convinced her troops to stop swearing if they wanted to win France back.

What has been your most successful manipulation of others?