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Joan of Arc's Letter to the Hussites (March 23, 1430)
Some modern readers and authors have commented negatively on the violent threats against the Hussites contained in this letter. Perhaps they expected Joan of Arc to be a pacifist. In any event, the context should be obvious : as with her ultimatums to the English - which take a similar form - she was responding to an existing state of war. She specifically refers to the Hussites' attacks on churches and monasteries, and it may not be coincidence that the letter was sent not long after campaigns by the Hussites which had devastated a significant number of villages in Silesia, Hungary, Lusatia, Meissen, and Saxony - actions against civilians which particularly angered her, judging from the accounts of eyewitnesses who knew her. This is the setting for the threats of military action to stop the Hussites from further campaigns of this type. The violent tone of her ultimatums differs sharply from her other letters and the descriptions by eyewitnesses who said she was normally "sweet-natured" in other circumstances.
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