• Rebecca Abram

    YAY! Got it right, though I wish you had figured out a way to add in her legendary ‘Badass Boast’ the message she gave her single survivor “Tell the King of France that the Lioness of Brittany comes for him!” That’s what gave it away for me at least :)

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  • AngryTrashcan

    This comic gave me chills

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  • Rachel Vess

    Cool story. Just FYI: The garment and headgear worn in the illumination are in fashion about 100 years after she died. What is the date of the old artwork?

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  • Jeanette Wu

    This is one of the most exciting entries on here. Of course, it was about an exciting figure. One nit-pick would be the conical hat was not popular until a century later. The illustration of Joanna was likely not contemporary.

    On the subject of awesome medieval women, the Duchy of Aquitaine at one point had three powerful women involved in a love polygon. First there was the Duke’s live-in mistress, Dangereuse de l’Isle Bouchard, grandmother of the famed Eleanor of Aquitaine, who married her daughter to the Duke’s eldest son. Then there were the Duke’s two wives (marriages annulled one after the other) who became best friends. When the second wife Philippa died, the first wife, Ermengarde went to the Pope to demand her ex-husband be excommunicated. She failed in that endeavor, but did manage to go on crusade alongside her son from her second marriage. So yeah, medieval Aquitaine was a lad of romance, but also of scandal and intrigue. (And then there is fair Rosamund, almost a fairy-tale to the Victorians, but overshadowed by Eleanor’s awesomeness today, and I’m afraid, not RP material unless you put her in the really weird category)

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  • By the look of it, most likely it’s from a 19th century book, actually… notice the designation of her century in the upper left, and the “Fig.” – it’s probably from a series of illustrations from some sort of history book. It actually has a similar look to it as late 18th-19th century fashion plates :-) – meaning, it looks to be the same kind of engraved plate from a publication from around that time. It may be based on an older picture – they got the style of clothing right – just not for the correct century! That’s definitely typical 15th century “Burgundian” fashion. :-)
    That depiction of the execution also looks to be 15th century to me, based on the clothes, although you shouldn’t take my word for that. Overall, it looks like whatever depictions there may have been of these events were retrospective in nature, and in the good tradition of most of art history, the subjects were dressed in the styles contemporary to the depiction rather than those contemporary to the event.

  • Elizabeth Chiang (Elisa)

    The artwork is a handcolored copperplate drawn and engraved by Leopold Massard from French Costumes from King Clovis to Our Days, Massard, Mifliez, Paris, 1834. The Victorians often had historical inaccuracies in their art when depicting the Medieval/Renaissance time period. Overall, this dress is historically accurate Burgundian for the early 1400’s but the veil was typically draped over the hat, not coming out from under the hat and attached to the pointed tip.

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