Excerpt from Joan of Arc's Personal Recollections, Vol. 1 of 2
To provide an accurate assessment of a famous man's character, one must use the norms of his day, not ours. The noblest personalities of an earlier century lose much of their lustre when measured by the standards of that century; judged by the standards of today, there is probably no illustrious individual from four or five centuries ago whose character could pass the test at all points. Joan of Arc, on the other hand, is a one-of-a-kind character.