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Joan of Arc’s Ring, 15th Century AD

The ring is unusual for its type in having text rather than an image of saints on its faceted bezel. It matches the description Joan gave at her trial of the ring given to her by her parents, and is inscribed ‘I M’ for ‘Jesus Maria’. This ring sold at auction for £297,600.00.

The ring’s connection to St. Joan, who was burnt at the stake in 1431 for heresy, has been documented for over a century, and was published by F.A. Harman Oates in his privately printed catalogue of 1917. It was kept in an oak reliquary casket and was sold with a book of excerpts from national newspapers in Britain and France, as well as research notes compiled by Cyril Bunt in the 1940s, the BBC features on the ring and exhibition catalogues.

Today’s Warrior Women Wednesdays drawing is good ol’ Joan of Arc, an obvious choice but, hey, I can’t leave out all the everybody-knows-em ladies, ‘cause then I’d never get to draw, like, Joan of Arc.

This one spoiled me!  There are so many firsthand accounts of her appearance.  Strong, stocky build, very dark complexion, short cropped black hair, prominent, wide-set eyes… we know from her clothing that she was about 5′2, we know what her coat of arms looked like… too often I have to make all of this stuff up.  This one was like a the research version of a Cadbury Cream Egg: a rare but incredibly appreciated treat.

Joan was like banner 40x > sword, but compositionally it’ so much easier to deal with a sword, and I didn’t want to crop a banner to make it fit this layout, so, sorry, I guess.