THE MIND OF JOAN OF ARC: A SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION
THE TREACHEROUS TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC
Joan was taken to prison, where she would await trial. Since she was going to be tried in an ecclesiastical court, Joan should have been held in a church prison, guarded by women. Instead, she was shackled in leg irons and thrown in a military prison, surrounded by hostile men. Joan insisted on keeping her men’s clothes, in part to demonstrate loyalty to the voices of “God and the angels” above obedience to worldly authorities, and in part because in this attire she felt less vulnerable to sexual assault by male guards. This insistence on cross-dressing led to her eventual demise.
Her trial began on January 9, 1431, and was engineered by Pierre Cauchon, a toady of the Anglo-Burgundians. With a jury of corrupt clergy and a trial paid for by the English government, officials sought to discredit Joan with an accusation of heresy. On May 24, after a long, grueling trial, Joan was threatened with summary execution. Sick and terrified, she relented and signed a “confession”—and also agreed to wear a dress.
But the devious Cauchon had manufactured a trap. After suffering several rape attempts by her guards as well as by a lord, Joan was stripped of her dress and given back her forbidden men’s clothes. She was forced to either remain naked or recommit the crime of wearing men’s clothing. She chose the latter and was convicted of being a “relapsed heretic.” She was sentenced to death by burning.
There is no logical explanation for Joan's abilities on the field of battle. No one, except those that have been there can speak of the incredible horrors and depravities that the senses of the combatants of war are exposed to on such a grand and monumental scale during actual battle action. Normal people will see the first morbid sight before them and freeze in terror, and perhaps run screaming from the field. Imagine then, the experiences of Joan of Arc , a teenaged girl watching these types of events unfurl around her. Take into consideration the factor that Joan had no military training and the fact that physical strength was a huge obstacle for her when fighting bigger, stronger, professional male soldiers with much experience in the art of swordsmanship and slaying of soldiers of opposing armies. Just the swords used in Medieval times alone weighed many pounds and must have been almost debilitating and exhausting enough to carry on horseback over many miles much less to swing and cut into steel armour and bone and more so when the same is swinging a sword back at you. It is both frightening and awe inspiring to envision a teenage female in a time when women were kept in servitude to men and held as possessions by their husbands on a battlefield with the option of leaving, voluntarily staying and actively participating, and winning hand to hand battles with men stronger and more accustomed to the homicidal tasks at hand.