Most people are at least a little bit familiar with Joan of Arc. She was a female military leader from France who claimed to be able to talk to God and she was burned at the stake. But how much about her is really true and how much is just legend? Here are some things you might not know about the remarkable woman. Her Name Wasn't JoanShe was from France and "Joan" isn't even a French name. Her name was Jehanne and she actually called herself "Jehanne la Pucelle" which translates to "Jehanne the maid". Since the English translation of "Jehanne" is "Joan", English speakers call her "Joan". But where did "Arc" come from? She was from a village called Domremy. But her father was from Arc-en-Barrois. At that time in France, the custom was for females to inherit their mother's names. But since modern people have a hard time wrapping their heads around that idea, people started calling her by her father's name. Her Family Wasn't PoorIn movies, she's often portrayed as being a poor girl who…
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