Footnote 186

Hauviette de Sionne testified that "...Jehanne was older than I, as they said, by three or four years." There has always been some debate about Hauviette's age, since she estimated that she was "around 45 or so" when asked during her testimony (i.e., if she really had been 45 in 1456 it would mean that she was roughly Jehanne's age); but the problem can be easily cleared up: her estimated age was, as with all of the other witnesses, merely a guess (few commoners knew their age in that era, and by the time such a person reached their forties no one would be able to determine their age with any exactitude), whereas her statement about being "three or four years" younger than Jehanne was based on comments made by people in the village who had witnessed the birth of both girls. It should also be noted that Hauviette herself would have been able to tell, during her childhood, whether there was such a marked age difference between the two: there's a noticeable distinction between a 12 year old and a 16 year old, after all, so if Hauviette came to believe that they were really that far apart then such a fact must have been obvious when they were young. Therefore, it's likely that Hauviette was 40 or 41 during her testimony, and her response of "around 45 or so" was simply a round number given as an estimate.
For the quoted portion of her testimony as it appears in the original, see DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 275.
For translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 220, and Pernoud's "The Retrial of Joan of Arc", p. 72.

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