From Joan of Arc to Wonder Woman via Christine de Pizan, on #medievaltwitter

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Twittering collage comics: a fine, noble, and ancient art

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I. BEFORE 30 MAY 2017




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(and back to Twitter…)

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II. 30 MAY 2017

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Bibliothèque nationale de France – Gallica

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(Bibliotheca Augustana)

(Some EN translations of Villon’s “Ballade des dames du temps jadis”)

It is, as ever, horrifying to see how the hate-mongering religious right has perverted Joan; see the hashtag jeannedarc for example


Some educational links…

1 Primary texts:

2 Christine de Pizan, “Ditié de Jehanne d’Arc”

Via Leah Shopkow: further primary documents (the trial records) + “Song of Joan of Arc” (Kennedy & Varty EN translation)

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The other tweets in that sequence were screenshots of the aforementioned Middle French text and English translation, side by side. (The NEXT POST on this present blog will tidy and jiggle them into a tidy facing-column text.)

And then I had a look at manuscripts, thinking that if I were to put together that free online text and translation, it would be sensible to have at least one of the manuscripts side by side.


This—Joan of Arc’s day and my own birthday—proved to be a day of feminist annoyance (also birthday treats including a splendid dinner thanks to The Beloved).

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Links for manuscript locating:

Conversation about manuscripts and their descriptions carried through to 2 June:

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I really was grumpy. But these helped…

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When a and become a whole new marvellous monstrous hybrid in an antimisogynist allegory

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III. AFTER 30 MAY 2017

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“Since the advent of The Post-Ironic Dictatorship Of The Post-Proletariat in the USA, there’s been a certain resurgence of interest in—and a renewed appreciation of the eternal timeliness and relevance of—the allegorical, the apocalyptic, and active women; writers, makers, and shapers. It’s not all about The Handmaid’s Tale; I have a sense that Christine de Pizan may be having a resurgence. Renaissance. Renovation. Consider this a tip-off on trend-spotting, cool-hunting, and innovation. […]”

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Here follow three points from which might have told of Hippolyta and Wonderwoman, in this imaginary continuation…


Épistre Othéa 15, where we meet Penthesilea as the theological of ( Harley 4431 103v)

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1904 ed. of 1450s Stephen Scrope translation (later reprinted by the Early English Text Society, 1969), p. 26-27, via

Zooming in, there are several Amazons who could be identified as Hippolyta…

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(links to @BLMedieval blog)


Épistre Othéa 23: Diana introducing a feminist Credo and (24, Ceres) Creation @BLMedieval Harley 4431 107r (links as previously)

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1904 Scrope translation, p. 37

Zooming in (noting Diana in the sky; also a pre-superhero), we can place a young Wonder Woman among the wondering women readers / conferring study group (remembering that reading and learning are superpowers, and associated with true knowledge via the Lasso of Truth)
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Amazons inc Hippolyta in Cité des Dames 1. 16-20 @BLMedieval Harley 4431 302v et seq
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… and 4, at the end of Cité des Dames book 3, the ladies enter the freshly-built city: Harley 4431 323r

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… look closely, top left: (a rather Joanian)  is discreetly protecting women. Then (600 years ago) as now as, in the imagination, for ever.

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NEXT: the Ditié de Jehanne d’Arc in a parallel text version, copy-pasting freely available text and an old translation from online, where my sole contribution will be formatting. (I may do some tidying, in this upcoming version or later, as the translation has some Moments. As do they all, and who would have translation be otherwise? It would be a joyless inhuman flat grey thing.)

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#inspiring #ThoughtForTheDay

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