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Joan of Arc and women in power in 15th century France

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Learn about the life of the ultimate inspiring woman, Joan of Arc, and 2 other powerful women who played important roles in her story!

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Was Joan of Arc a Saint? Insane? Transgender? The savior of France? The inventor of France? Let us suggest another option: she was a powerless woman who understood her country’s situation better than any of the powerful men, managed to get them to listen to her, and got punished for it in the end. She was in short the model of the woman misogynists call “nasty.” And she has been inspiring women to speak out and fight for their ideas since the 15th century. So come learn about her inspiring story, and also about the other surprisingly powerful women who played important roles in this key period in French history—the period in which France was united as a country. We will learn about Yolande, the so-called Queen of Four Countries, the king’s mother-in-law who protected both the teenage king and Joan, and Agnès Sorel, the “lady of beauty” who was the king's mistress, in fact the first of France’s long history of powerful *official* royal mistresses. So come learn about a line-up of amazing, inspiring women from France's 14th century!

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Professor Andrew Lear is a world-renowned expert on sexuality in art and the author of the best-known book on sexuality in Greek vase-painting. He is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the gay history tour company, and Shady Ladies Tours, the woman's history tour company.

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