A new reader wants to talk about Joan of Arc’s portrayal in Henry VI. Specifically, she (I am guessing she from a Twitter image) feels that Shakespeare “insulted Joan, obviously” and that “he disgraced himself.”
For reference see also this recent comment in the “Why Do You Hate Shakespeare?” thread, which I must assume (though have not proven) comes from the same person:
I really, really hate him.
I was very shocked when read [Henry 6 part 1]. She wasn’t a witch, a whore, an immoral girl, and a femme fatale! T.T How could the hack insulted her? stupid!
Truthfully I have no opinion on the subject, at all, having only the most passing knowledge of this particular play. But I promised that I would put it out there for discussion. Any of my history buffs want to jump in with why exactly Shakespeare might have painted Ms. D’Arc in such a negative light, relative to the playwright’s own religion / location / time period?