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Scene 5. Charles and his advisers now act disgracefully towards Jeanne. They make no attempt to release her by military means. and what  is far more reprehensible, they make no attempt to exchange her for an English prisoner. (This "exchange" system was in common usage at the time).
Jeanne is finally sold to the English by the Duke of Luxembourg. The firm intention of the English is to put Jeanne on trial for witchcraft and heresy.
The willing accomplice to this course of action is the bishop of Beauvais, Pierre Cauchon, a servant of the Burgundians, and an ambitious and unscrupulous man. It was on the 21 February, 1431, that Jeanne first appeared before her judges, at a large assembly. She is not allowed an advocate.
Throughout her trial, although accused by an ecclesiastical court, she is illegally held in the secular prison of Rouen castle. At first she is kept in an iron cage, chained by the hands and feet.
Jeanne's conduct during the trial showed good sense, simplicity, and piety, despite her judges attempts to confuse her. On March 1st, Jeanne told her judges that, "within 7 years space, The English would have to forfeit a bigger prize than Orleans". Paris was lost to the English on November 12th, 1437.
Pierre Cauchon moved the trial to a small committee of judges in Rouen castle itself.  The trial dragged on but Jeanne remained firm. The Burgundians and English were furious, but Pierre Cauchon said, "we shall have her yet".
On May 29th, a court of 37 judges unanimously decided that Jeanne must be treated as a relapsed heretic, and the sentence was carried out on May 30th, 1431.
Manchon, the recorder at the trial, said that Jeanne, right up to her last moments, declaired that, " her voices came from God and had not deceived her.

At the French Court, indifference to Jeanne's plight.
Charles V11 is also apathetic to Jeanne's plight.
Pierre Cauchon, bishop of Beauvais.
The Trial, February 21 - May 29, 1431.
Jeanne is sentenced to be burnt at the stake.
Jeanne is executed at the stake.



















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