Illustrated Books – Joan of Arc | Mark Twain

The world is thirsty for heroes; a steady deluge of comic book blockbuster movies is confirmation enough of that. But if that hero, or in the rarer case heroine, changed the fate of an entire nation while coming from humble, lowly beginnings and ending in martyrdom, then she becomes nothing short of a legend. So with the story of Joan of Arc.

We would do well to draw parallels between France’s corrupt and despotic circumstances in Joan’s century and most of the Western world in our own. Yet something tells me we’ll need at least twenty Joans to throw off the occupying lizard-people who rule us today.

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