By Jane Robinson
Robinson provides the eye-opening and encouraging tale of the 1st younger ladies who overcame all of the odds to get their schooling and attend college. utilizing the phrases of the ladies themselves, 'Bluestockings' charts the struggle for and growth of upper schooling for girls from 1869 via to the Thirties.
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They set off with horsemen, men-at-arms, cattle, wagons, priests—and 4,000 men—to Orleans to attack the British. On April 21, 1429, they headed to a town called Blois. Joan told the men that she did not want to hear foul language and expected them to take communion regularly. Even the mercenary soldier La Hire went to confession and did not use vulgar terms in front of Joan. ”16 4 The Journey to Reims E ighty miles (129 km) south of Paris, the city of Orleans then had a population of 30,000. If the English were to move further south into France, the English needed to conquer Orleans.
She handed her standard to a squire, whom Jean d’Aulon told to follow Joan and himself to a ditch. Joan did not hear his order, and when she saw the squire in the ditch, she grabbed her banner, which started to wave back and forth. Her men thought it was a signal to attack and rushed • 43 44 • Joan of Arc to follow her command. They took the bastide, which the English had abandoned during the assault. On Sunday, May 8, the English exited their bastides and stood in battle formation. Joan did the same with her army.
She refused to swear on the Holy Gospels that she would be truthful in her answers. When ordered to say the Pater Noster (the Our Father, a basic Christian prayer), she cleverly answered the bishop that if he would hear her in confession she would oblige. At one point she said she would tell the pope everything, but they said he was too far away. They also recognized that the pope would likely not hear her for fear that he would anger the English. Told by the judges to swear on the Holy Gospels that she would tell the truth, she replied, “I do not know on what you may wish to question me.
Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education by Jane Robinson