Saint Joan - Scene 6 Summary & Analysis

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Scene 6 Summary

In May of 1431, English bought Joan from the Burgundians to try her for heresy and witchcraft. The trial is entering its eleventh week at the Rouen castle where the young warrior has been imprisoned. Prior to Joan being brought into the courtroom, the noblemen and church officials debate the girl's crimes and weigh the consequences. The church officials believe it their duty to try to save Joan's soul, yet they are willing to hand her over to secular authorities should Joan not recant her sins and risk excommunication due to violations against the Catholic religion.

Joan's demeanor during the trial is consistent with her stance throughout her life. Thoroughly convinced that she hears the voices of saints who encourage her on her missions for France, Joan refuses to recant in order to avoid punishment. An additional charge of dressing in men's clothing is also brought against her...

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