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Pucelle

Pucelle

Pucelle, Jean, c.1300-1355, French manuscript illuminator. Master of a celebrated workshop in Paris during the 1320s, Pucelle produced a masterpiece of illumination and a stylistic landmark in his Hours of Jeanne d'Évreux (c.1325; Cloisters, New York City). This tiny book of hours, commissioned for the Queen of France, was filled with exquisite, restrained drawings, many concerning the life of Louis IX (Saint Louis). Other works with miniature paintings by Pucelle include the Belleville Breviary (Bibliothèque nationale).

Domrémy-la-Pucelle is a village and commune of the Vosges département, in Lorraine, France. Population (1999): 167.

It was the birthplace of Joan of Arc. Initially called Domrémy, the place has been renamed Domrémy-la-Pucelle after Joan's nickname, la pucelle d'Orléans ("the maid of Orléans").

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This village was exempted from taxes in 1429 by king Charles VII. This was done because Joan of Arc asked for it as she felt that taxes exploited her villagers. Moreover, the king wanted to do a good deed for her successful efforts to get rid of the English. However after the French Revolution Domrémy was required to pay taxes.

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