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Henry VI, Part 1 Characters

Joan de Pucelle is history’s Joan of Arc, though she is no saint in this play. 

An plain-spoken woman with no doubts whatsoever, she breezes through all difficulties, seeing at once that Reignier is not the Dolphin, convincing the French to follow her, vanquishing the English, talking her way out of blame, vanquishing again, and convincing the Duke of Burgundy to join the French cause. She is an excellent fighter, better at swordplay than Charles is. Other than all-out assault, she is also adept at tricking her way into advantageous situations and capturing cities that way. Though she claims to be a maid and helped by the Virgin Mary, it turns out that she actually talks with demons, and probably sleeps with the entirety of the French leadership. She has a sharp tongue, mocking the English well, and swearing with great effect when she is captured. She grows more and more full of herself as time goes on, and in the end refuses to recognize her father, insisting that she is in fact nobly born. Desperate to avoid death, she swears that she is a virgin and then that she is pregnant, but cannot decide on an identity for the father. She is burned alive at the stake.

 

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