Footnote 501

Among the quotes we have from she herself on this topic are the following:
From "La Chronique de la Pucelle": "... and if it so happened that she had to camp in the fields with the soldiers, she never removed her armor... and when anyone asked her why she was in men's clothing and rode armored, she replied that it was thus commanded to her, and that primarily it was to protect her chastity more easily [i.e., by lacing together the pants and tunic, as could be done with that type of clothing]; also because it would have been too strange a thing to see her riding in a woman's dress among so many soldiers. And when educated men [clergy] spoke with her on these matters, this was how she replied, with which they were quite content, saying that they had no doubt that she had come in the name of God." (for the original language, see: Quicherat's "Procès...", Vol V, pp. 250 - 251).


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