I am currently reading about Joan of Arc. One of the theories is that she was a bastard of some high king/duke/whatever and not a girl from a poor family. The following shed some light on these theories:

As for the hypothesis of bastardy, it is proved that this is without foundation; moreover, one cannot help wondering how it is supposed to “explain” her career; for, after all, the fact of being a bastard does not necessarily enable one to win battles.
–Joan of Arc (By herself and her witnesses), Regine Pernoud.

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