Saint Joan Characters

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Archbishop of Rheims

A political prelate who bullies the Dauphin and is shrewdly cynical about miracles. He is moved at first by Joan, but later reproaches her for pride, seeing her views as a threat to the Church.

Bluebeard

Bluebeard is Gilles de Rais. A frivolous young courtier, sporting a dyed blue beard.

Peter Cauchon

Cauchon, the Bishop of Beauvais, presides over Joan's trial along with the Inquisitor. Earlier, he discussed Joan's fate with Warwick, her other major antagonist. Unlike Warwick, however, Cauchon in Shaw's play (as opposed to the Cauchon of history) is scrupulously fair and merciful, and sincerely wants to save Joan's soul. However, he is also seriously concerned about the threat posed to the Church by her belief in her private judgment. At the trial, he strives to get Joan to recant and is disappointed when she refuses to declare absolute obedience to the Church.

The Chaplain

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