[Ads-l] Joan of Arc Quote

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 30 00:55:37 EST 2017


> The original in French is: "Je n'ai pas peur des soldats, car ma route m'
a été ouverte, et si les > soldats viennent, j'ai Dieu, mon Seigneur, qui
saura comment libérer la route qui mène à        > Sieur le Dauphin. C'est
pour cela que je fus nais."

This is contemporary French. Surely, these aren't the actual words of
Jehanne la pucelle. They're at best a translation into the current
language. Or is that all that's being sought?

On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 12:08 PM, Margaret Winters <mewinters at wayne.edu>
wrote:

> I tried to find a dating for the quote, without success, but came across
> both this site for a teeshirt with it on and other sites where a tattoo
> design was offered...
>
> Just for general wonderment, I'll pass this on.
>
> Happy New Year to all,
> Margaret
>
>
>
> As Joan of Arc<http://www.maidofheaven.com/> was leaving Vaucouleurs to
> begin her mission to save France she was asked by a women: "How can you
> make such a journey when on all sides are soldiers?" to which Joan
> responded: "I do not fear the soldiers, for my road is made open to me; and
> if the soldiers come, I have God, my Lord, who will know how to clear the
> route that leads to messire the Dauphin. It was for this that I was born!"
> The original in French is: "Je n'ai pas peur des soldats, car ma route m' a
> été ouverte, et si les soldats viennent, j'ai Dieu, mon Seigneur, qui saura
> comment libérer la route qui mène à Sieur le Dauphin. C'est pour cela que
> je fus nais." (http://www.maidofheaven.com/joanofarc_quote_I_am_not_
> afraid.asp)
> [http://www.maidofheaven.com/maid_assets/extras/joanofarctshirt.jpg]<
> http://www.maidofheaven.com/joanofarc_quote_I_am_not_afraid.asp>
>
> Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven - Joan's Quote I Am Not ...<
> http://www.maidofheaven.com/joanofarc_quote_I_am_not_afraid.asp>
> www.maidofheaven.com
> Joan of Arc - You have heard Her Name, Do you really know Her Story?
> Discusses Joan of Arc's famous quote I am not afraid I was born to do this
> and the proper ...
>
>
>
>
> ----------------------------
> MARGARET E WINTERS
> Former Provost
> Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
> Wayne State University
> Detroit, MI  48202
>
> mewinters at wayne.edu
>
>
>
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> Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
> Sent: Friday, December 22, 2017 5:07 PM
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> Subject: Joan of Arc Quote
>
> Joan of Arc's most famous quotation appears to be "I am not afraid, for
> God is with me.  I was born for this [sometimes worded 'I was born to do
> this']."  These of course are English translations.  The quote is said to
> have been uttered when she left the town of Vancouleurs in February or
> March of 1429.
>
>
> I would welcome any help in determining the earliest findable source for
> this.  The earliest findable source for the French original would be best,
> but the earliest findable source for the English translation would also be
> very helpful.
>
>
> Fred Shapiro
>
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