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A letter, a cross and the famous ring of the virgin of Orleans are on display until November 1 in the 'Church of Saint Joan of Arc.
On the occasion of the centenary of Joan of Arc's canonization, objects and documents believed to have belonged to her are presented until November 1 in Rouen.
A letter signed by Joan of Arc on March 28, 1430, a ring that would have belonged to her or the cross that would have been presented to her at the stake ... The Church of Saint Joan of Arc is in full swing. "This is the first time in six hundred years that these three objects have been brought together in Rouen", rejoices Father Geoffroy de la Touche.
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The mystery of Joan of Arc's objects
One hundred years after her canonization, the little heroine of Lorraine still raises so many questions. As evidenced by this new exhibition in Rouen. Battle of experts, the authenticity of these objects is not always proven but for admirers of the virgin of Orleans, there is no doubt. "It is a beautiful testimony to all that she has done for the country ... impressive that it is there six hundred years later", marvels a visitor.
Among the objects presented, there is a processional cross. It would be the last thing on which Joan of Arc would have laid her eyes before dying at the stake in Rouen on May 14, 1431. " We have this cross raised very high, because the stake is very high, in this city of Rouen where we want to burn the witch. When Joan dies, she presents herself to everyone as a Christian and she implores Jesus, and she is burned alive ", explains Father Geoffroy de la Touche.
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The ring is also the subject of debate, but for Father Geoffroy de la Touche, who went to collect it personally at Puy du Fou, this ring did indeed belong to Joan of Arc. " If you approach well, you can read MAR, the beginning of Maria, and on the other side, there is Jesus the savior of Men ", tells the parish priest to a young visitor.
Concerning the letter, Joan of Arc's signature has been authenticated at the bottom of the page. Written on March 28, 1430, it was intended for the people of Reims. On the occasion of the Rouen exhibition, its owners, descendants of one of Jeanne's brothers, have exceptionally loaned it.
Exhibition in the Sainte-Jeanne d´Arc church, Place du Vieux-Marché in Rouen. Every day until November 1, from 7 X 2 a.m. to 10 X 2 a.m.
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