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Obviously Jeanne had been giving thought to the opening questions she knew would come. “On what I know touching this Case, I will speak the truth willingly,” Jeanne responded. ” Later in the inquiry, the judges tried to elicit more details about the appearances of the saints Jeanne claimed visited her, such as what they wore, how they wore their hair, and other characteristics. ” they asked. “I know nothing about it,” she snapped. “I do not know if they have arms or other members. ” “Does not St.

Beaupère: Has this voice sometimes varied in its counsel? Jeanne: I have never found it give two contrary opinions. ” “The Voice comes to me from God,” she said. “And I do not tell you all I know about it. ” the judges asked. “My Voices have entrusted to me certain things to tell to the king, not to you,” she replied. ” THE TRIAL Later in this discourse came one of the most treacherous questions put to Jeanne throughout her trial. It left her in a precarious position. If she answered yes or no, she would have been a heretic.

The idea that she would be leading them rather than following was beyond his understanding. The dream had disturbed him so greatly that he told his sons that he would drown her if such a thing ever came to pass. And if he couldn’t do it, they would have to. It was probably for this reason 35 36 JOAN OF ARC that Jeanne lied to her family when she set out to see Robert de Baudricourt. The population of Orléans was about 30,000 when the English descended on the walled city. Most of them were safe, at least temporarily, inside its fortified barriers.

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