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The Trial of Joan of Arc

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No account is more critical to our understanding of Joan of Arc than the contemporary record of her trial in 1431. Convened at Rouen and directed by bishop Pierre Cauchon, the trial culminated in Joan's public execution for heresy. The trial record, which sometimes preserves Joan's very words, unveils her life, character, visions, and motives in fascinating detail. Here is ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Harvard University Press (first published April 30th 2005)
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The church officials responsible for trying the Maid of Orleans were keen to leave a detailed record of their investigation. Yes, the Nazis did too, but somehow, this feels different. Why? Because the alternative was so much worse: under the laws of land warfare as they then stood, Commanding Generals normally were ransomed or exchanged. Yet, there was no way Henry VI (England) would have allowed such a charismatic leader to return to France; trial by England's Burgundian allies was the next bes ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joan of Arc is one of my favorite figures in history. Very few people who I study regularly still elicit strong emotions from me. And yet, no matter how I study Joan, I never fail to get angry at the judges, mad at Charles, and generally awed by Joan's bravery and strength.
Reading the trial transcripts really brought home for me in a surprisingly new way just how unjust everything about this trial was. Certainly, this is not news (What?!? Joan's trial was unfair? You're kidding!). But seeing ho
Dec 04, 2011 Briana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Trial of Joan of Arc offers a fascinating look into the Middle Ages. The questions that Joan’s judges ask her reveal a lot about the issues that were troubling Church officials at the time. Of course, the English were mainly interested in killing Joan as quickly as possible because she was such an inspiration to her enemies, and taking her to an ecclesiastical court offered them an opportunity to condemn her they would not otherwise have had. (Under the ordinary rules of war, Joan should hav ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Kelsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This primary source work on the Trial of Joan of Arc done by Daniel Hobbins is superb. The introduction is a nice set-up and provides background into the court structure of 14th Century France, and addresses issues that may have arisen.

It is incredibly fascinating to me how mysticism was viewed as poor form by the Church at this time. Today, a primary form of mystic expression, the Rosary is heavily practiced and personal conversations with God are encouraged. However, Joan's mystic experiences
Sep 13, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way above my head; I didn't have enough knowledge of Joan of Arc to put this trial in perspective. The editor brought up an interesting point, that the heresy trial was to discredit Joan's claim that God chose a French king over an English king, which undermined the premise that kings were annointed by God. Made me wonder if, before this time, any christian kings had claimed God's backing against other christian kings.

Also, it heightened my skepticism that Joan's voices mumbled; she stated she c
Apr 09, 2012 Maja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fascinating to read, although hard to get in the right mindset. The introduction was very good and skillfully put together, it served its purpose well. What I was most fascinated to learn, was that Joan was questioned even before the charges were read against her. Upon reading the charges later it seemed quite clear that many of Joan's answers would even be used against her. To me at least it was quite clear that Joan's guilt had been established already before the trial had started.
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