Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc - Book 2: In Court and Camp, Chapter 8-9 Summary & Analysis

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Book 2: In Court and Camp, Chapter 8-9 Summary

After his treacherous advisers question Joan's voices, saying they might be from Satan and not God, Charles VII calls for a commission of bishops to determine the source of Joan's voices. For political reasons the bishops declare they cannot tell one way or another, and they recommend Joan be sent to Poitiers to be examined by theologians.

For days Joan puts up with the inquisition and loses her temper only once. A Dominican proposes that if God wants France free, then no men-at-arms are needed because God can do anything. Joan counters that God helps those who help themselves. A professor of theology asks for a sign, and Joan challenges him to let her go, give her an army, and she will then show him plenty of signs. The inquisition drags on for weeks longer...

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