Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc — Volume 2

By Mark Twain

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...Produced by David Reed


VOLUME 2 (of 2)

by Mark Twain


Page 1 when she wanted to get
away from officials and their interruptions. Catherine Boucher came in

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...the English power in France will not rise up from that blow."

It made my flesh...

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...she gazed at them through her tears, and said
she could see herself that they were...

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...toward Beaugency, where the lion Talbot, the terror of
the French, was in command. When we...

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...distribute the new levies among the English
strongholds of the Loire, thus securing them against capture;...

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...put her small
hand above his head and touched one of his plumes, saying:

"Now tell me,...

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...Beaugency at the
mercy of fortune, to escape our hands if it can; but there is...

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...attack on the bridge. But some time before it
was yet light the sound ceased and...

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had wrought damage to a nation which loved it well. For the French knew
where the...

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...home and waved the advance
with her sword. "Follow me!" she cried, and bent her head...

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...said true: France was on the way to be free.

The war called the Hundred Years'...

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...after year; and at last England stretched
France prone with that fearful blow at Crecy. But...

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...of Patay was carried over the whole of France in twenty
hours, people said. I do...

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33 Joan's Five Great Deeds

YES, ORLEANS was in a delirium of felicity. She invited the...

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...with small
disturbance to the rest of the country; and little by little, and with
progressive certainty,...

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...that when that support
is removed nothing in this world can save it.

Now, then, consider this...

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...patch up
his mistake by crowning his King; but what good could that do? None in

Page 18 the King.

On the 4th of July we reached Saint-Fal, and yonder lay Troyes before

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...firing a shot.

The next day the King with Joan at his side and the Paladin...

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...A big Burgundian lost
his temper and swore a great oath that none should stop him;...

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...muffled cracking of bones. The Burgundian's eyes began to
protrude from their sockets and stare with...

Page 22 the King's permission.

And now we marched again; Chalons surrendered to us; and there by

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...its own creation,
call her "Daughter of God," "Savior of France," "Victory's Sweetheart,"
"The Page of Christ,"...

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...Joan of Arc, and the grateful tears streaming down. And
all along, those closest to the...

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...God Himself of a certainty, for He sent it. And I was
looking upon it--I. At...

Page 26 down the center had been kept free. Down this space
walked the Archbishop and his...

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...and imposing--with
prayers, and anthems, and sermons, and everything that is right for such
occasions; and Joan...

Page 28 meet

Now that was fine, that was royal. Joan was on her knees again
straightway, and...

Page 29 At the top of every page in the sixty-three
books stands the name of a...

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36 Joan Hears News from Home

WE MOUNTED and rode, a spectacle to remember, a...

Page 31 brought;
and when he was come, and stood bent low and bare, the King said...

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with those consuming glories beating upon her.

But at last her serenity was broken up. Yes,...

Page 33 hurt them; and got them to their seats and snuggled down
between them, and took...

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...won, and that I shall not any more see these cruel things or
suffer these tortures...

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...time for them. Tell me about home."

So the two old gossips talked and talked; talked...

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...Laxart going to a funeral there at Domremy two or
three weeks back. He had spots...

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took the funeral procession right in the center, and sent that section
of it sprawling, and...

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The old father was embarrassed, now, quite visibly embarrassed, and had
the air of one who...

Page 39 me a better
light, and I have never forgotten it.

Let me see--where was I? One's...

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...tongue going like
a mill, asking question after question and never waiting for an answer;
and finally...

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...a thin flash of light in the air, but nothing distinct,
nothing definite.

We kept the drinkables...

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...their love for you by naming all those creatures after you;
insomuch that if a body...

Page 43 amazing. There is but one thing to
do, and only one, and lo, ye call...

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...they tried to conceal it--this
comedy whose text and impulse are describable in two words."

The Chancellor...

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France in half a year. But we struck no blow after Orleans, but went off

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that would make great Bedford smile! Oh, the pitiful pretext! the blind
can see that this...

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...Sarrasins." It was long, but it was good, and had the
sterling ring to it. It...

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...lay our prey--Talbot and his host
looming vast and dark like a storm-cloud brooding on the...

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...from his brazen lungs, and such a lightning-vivid picture
of his mailed form and flaunting banner...

Page 50 Joan argued, reasoned, implored; and at last we got
under way again.

Joan's prediction was verified....

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...servant, the Bastard of Orleans, she said:

"Ah, if it might but please God to let...

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...again. Nine days were lost thus; then he came,
arriving at St. Denis September 7th.

Meantime the...

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...a bridge across the Seine near St. Denis. Might she not cross
by that and assault...

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funeral march, with never a shout or a cheer; friends looking on in
tears, all the...

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...mind and healing for her heart.

She never complained, of course. It was not her way....

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...slip through
the enemy's lines. We were challenged only once; we made no answer, but
held our...

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...rise and fall like a little patch of white flame.

It was a bright day, and...

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...Joan's two brothers fell wounded; then Noel
Rainguesson--all wounded while loyally sheltering Joan from blows aimed

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...a rebel; she was a
legitimately constituted soldier, head of the armies of France by
her King's...

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...fled away she was
seen by a sentinel, and was caught and brought back.

Then she was...

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...a Frenchman's face was like, so used were they to seeing nothing
but his back; enemies...

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...they froze again, and the army
and all France became what they had been before, mere...

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...title good; and at last--supremest luck of all--died in
the field! died with his harness on;...

Page 64 see no more. This one's heart was broken. He moved
grieving about, and absently, like...

Page 65 a melancholy drizzle of rain, and passed through the
frowning gates unmolested. Our friends had...

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...that had been happening before my coming.
Ever since the purchase of Joan, Cauchon had been...

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...feet. Never a person
near her whom she had ever seen before; never a woman at...

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...the French flag, and this was an English court; they
would have been seized and hanged...

Page 69 that was brought back to Poitiers, you see. Joan's was a
character which could endure...

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...for many days; but no
matter, the shock of it almost took my breath away and...

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...above fold,
and his knobby and knotty face, and his purple and splotchy complexion,
and his repulsive...

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...doubt, that they were about to see, in
actual flesh and blood, what had been to...

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said, all is well, all is well--they have not broken her, they have...

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much movement and confusion; so she had to stop, and wait for the noise
to subside;...

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...some questions about her family; also what her age was. She
answered these. Then he asked...

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most shameless that has lived in this world. But his scheme failed.
Those clerks...

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...say otherwise than this
which I have said concerning them.

The seance began. And how did it...

Page 78 other occupations at home?"

"Yes. I helped my mother in the household work and went...

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"Did the Voice seek you often?"

"Yes. Twice or three times a week, saying, 'Leave your...

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...again. She answered:

"It required me to remain behind at St. Denis. I would have obeyed...

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...Tribunal of Rehabilitation.
Recalling these miserable proceedings which I have been telling you
about, Manchon testified thus:--here...

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...upon the Gospels and swear to
tell the truth concerning everything asked her!

Joan's eyes kindled, and...

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...dangerous suspicion of contempt for the
commandments of the Church.

"I have done neither since yesterday at...

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...alert, detected a
possible opening--a chance to set a trap. Do you think he jumped at

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a space there was the silence of the grave. Men looked wondering into
each other's...

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...made me see that awful shadow again that fell dazzling white upon her
that day under...

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of herself; also to put her words and acts in disaccord with the
Scriptures. But it...

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...that it might be made lucky?"

"Truly it were no harm to wish that my harness...

Page 89 trap Joan into wrong thinking, wrong doing, or
disloyalty to the Church, or sinfulness as...

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...if I were before the Pope."

Here was a chance! We had two or three Popes,...

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...errors in it--words which make me give
myself too much importance." I saw what was coming;...

Page 92 of it was assured.

Twenty years later all France was ours excepting a single town--Calais.


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...who did not condescend to speak English is a grave
affront. They could not be brought...

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...Movements and whisperings ceased: the stillness
became almost painful.

Have you noticed that almost from the beginning...

Page 95 ill that I could but with difficulty abide at my post and
do my work.


Page 96 later sittings Joan was urged to name the
exact day of her deliverance; but she...

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...a soldier.
Save herself if she could, of course, and try for the best, for that

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time. We can never know whether a real crown descended upon the King's
head, or only...

Page 99 a prompt conclusion. It shows
that after all their experience with her they did not...

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...was resumed.

It was now sought to turn against Joan the thousand loving honors which
had been...

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and receive the sacrament?"


"In the dress of a man?"

"Yes. But I do not remember that...

Page 102 danger.

Something must be done, and it was done. Cauchon was not distinguished
for compassion, but...

Page 103 facts things which were but
allegories and visions mixed with facts.

The third day she was...

Page 104 the wars without getting your
parents' leave? It is written one must honor his father...

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"In neither. In God, and not otherwise."

"Was not your Standard waved around the King's head...

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to rags and blew it away with a breath; and how the astonished old judge

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...frankly and said:

"Yes--for I should see in that the permission of Our Lord. God helps

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...and cruel
martyrdom of chains and captivity and insult. Surely, martyrdom was the
right name for it.


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...there should be no difficulty about
this matter." Then she turned upon the judge and said,...

Page 110 approach her near enough for that. So there she sat,
once more Joan of Arc...

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...will give you his opinion
of that trial, so that you may see that I have...

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that Joan should be required to answer squarely to every article, and
that if she refused...

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...of Arc was to know one who was wholly
noble, pure, truthful, brave, compassionate, generous, pious,...

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...saying, "That is not true--passez outre"; or,
"I have answered that before--let the clerk read it...

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...both by letters and by
his ambassadors, that he make peace with the King. As to...

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She was charged with having dared, against the precepts of God and His
saints, to assume...

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...but before Isambard could say another word Cauchon
turned savagely upon him and exclaimed:

"Shut up, in...

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...of April 4th. Then Manchon did another bold thing: he wrote
in the margin that many...

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...conviction that he was capable of saving Joan from the stake by
poisoning her and thus...

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...our vocation to procure for you the salvation of your
soul and your body, in every...

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...they never
asked me anything; I was too humble a creature for their notice.

Then the interview...

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...sufficient; the consequences
were not her affair. The last thing she said that time was full...

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...bench. She was looking
well now, and most fair and beautiful after her fortnight's rest from

Page 124 her answer rang that
martial note which had used to stir her soldiers like a...

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...when the news went around that the young
girl in the tower had scored another defeat...

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...and built of the plainest and thickest and solidest
masonry--a dismal and forbidding structure. (3) We...

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...high, and his
splotchy face lighted itself up with all the shifting tints and signs
of evil...

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...She has laid her hand upon an
accepted truth that is as old as the world,...

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...when I think of
those three names--Cauchon, Courcelles, Loyseleur.

(1) Hog, pig.

(2) Cochonner, to litter, to farrow;...

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...a face.

Consider. If you would realize how great Joan of Arc was, remember that
it was...

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...and make
satisfaction, or be abandoned to the secular arm for punishment.

The University's mind was probably...

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angels and not devils. Otherwise, the situation was embarrassing. You
see, the University being the wisest...

Page 133 Pierre Maurice:

"Have you anything further to say?"

The priest bowed low, and said:

"Nothing, my lord."


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...extort a false
confession from her. It was a hint worth remembering, and it was

She had...

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...the rumors of
the time. Loyseleur was smuggled into her presence, and in the character
of priest,...

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...of torches and people;
and through a guarded passage dividing the pack, laborers were carrying
planks and...

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...lay what had been a goodly heap of brands, but was now
a smokeless nest of...

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...Loyseleur at her side with his head bent to her
ear. We knew afterward that he...

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...Erard, an
oratorical celebrity. He got his text from the Twelve Lies. He emptied
upon Joan al...

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...have bothered; there was no occasion.
It was mainly an English-feeling mob. It had but obeyed...

Page 141 require?
How was one to answer such a formidably unanswerable answer as that?

The worried judges...

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...the other platform--pealing
solemnly above the din: Cauchon's--reading the sentence of death!

Joan's strength was all spent....

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...then she remembered, with
such solacement as the thought could furnish, that by another clear
promise made...

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...and shouting:

"By God, you are a traitor!"

"You lie!" responded the Bishop.

He a traitor! Oh, far...

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...they had no meaning to her. She was like a person who has
taken a narcotic...

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...blood to ice. That was more than sixty
years ago, but that triumphant note rings as...

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hold a servant to account for what his master had made him do, and her

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...He made no more
attempts to help the inquiry, poor man. The other judges proceeded with

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knowingly repudiated it. So I was convinced once more that she had had
no notion of...

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...mood. In the court of the castle we
found the Earl of Warwick and fifty English...

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...a friend, poor friendless thing. But I was not
permitted. I did my best, but the...

Page 152 with the same wooden stylus which had put upon parchment
the first words ever dictated...

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...for she
feared only one kind, and that one had for her unspeakable terrors. I
believed she...

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...knees at her
feet. At once she thought only of my danger, and bent and whispered...

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...knew not what; to hear--they knew
not what. We knew nothing of this, for they were...

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...of Arc; but
these we may believe were not unavailing. There are few more pathetic
events recorded...

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...the Church can no longer protect you. Go in peace!"

Joan had been placed wholly apart...

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...continued to the end. He only said--to the

"Take her"; and to the executioner, "Do your...

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...fair city, she said:

"Oh, Rouen, Rouen, must I die here, and must you be my...

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...the opening of the discussion in the
Cathedral of Notre Dame which was the first step...

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...a thousand years it would still fail. For
whatsoever had touch with Joan of Arc, that...

Page 162; also they examined
more than a hundred witnesses whose names are less familiar to you--the