A ring of Joan of Arc sold at auction returned in France

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Puy du Fou president Nicolas de Villiers told media it was a “glorious return” for a “French treasure”. Joan of Arc did her utmost to defeat English forces who had invaded France. She was burned at the stake as a heretic and sorcerer by the English. Made in about 1400, her ring has the inscription ‘IHS’ and ‘MAR’ for Jesus and Mary. The ring was offered for sale by the son of James Hasson, a French doctor who came to the UK with General de Gaulle in World War Two. The auctioneer initially estimated its value at between £10,000 and £14,000. The ring will be officially unveiled this month at the Puy du Fou foundation that attracts about two million visitors a year on its themed park.

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