The Saint, the Historian & the Cynic

By |2016-02-12T15:28:42-05:00January 6th, 2012|Tags: |

The 6th of January is the birthday of Saint Joan of Arc (1412-1431), the Maid of Orleans, virgin and martyr, patron saint of soldiers and one of the patron saints of France. Her basic story is legend: how during little more than a year of hearing her holy “voices,” the scarcely-educated farm-girl led her [...]

French Saints for Tax Reform? Mark Twain on Joan of Arc

By |2016-11-26T09:52:19-05:00January 3rd, 2012|Tags: |

Mark Twain on Saint Joan of Arc, “She had restored the crown and the lost sovereignty; the King was grateful for once in his shabby poor life, and asked her to name her reward and have it. She asked for nothing for herself, but begged that the taxes of her native village might be remitted forever. [...]