Wednesday, May 9th. She is threatened with torture
On Wednesday, May 9th of the same year, Jeanne was brought into the great tower of the castle of Rouen before us the said judges and in the presence of the reverend father,, lord abbot of St. Carmel de Compiègne, of mastersand Guillaume Erart, doctors of sacred theology, of and , archdeacons of the church of Rouen, of , bachelor of theology, , licentiate in canon law; , canon of the cathedral of Rouen, and master .
And Jeanne was required and admonished to speak the truth on many different points contained in her trial which she had denied or to which she had given false replies, whereas we possessed certain information, proofs, and vehement presumptions upon them. Many of the points were read and explained to her, and she was told that if she did not confess them truthfully she would be put to the torture, the instruments of which were shown to her all ready in the tower. There were also present by our instruction men ready to put her to the torture in order to restore her to the way and knowledge of truth, and by this means to procure the salvation of her body and soul which by her lying inventions she exposed to such grave perils.
To which the said Jeanne answered in this manner: “Truly
if you were to tear me limb from limb and separate my soul from my body, I would not tell you anything more: and if I did say anything, I should afterwards declare that you had compelled me to say it by force.” Then she said that on Holy Cross Day last she received comfort from St. Gabriel: she firmly believes it was St. Gabriel, she knew by her voices it was he. She said she asked counsel of her voices whether she should submit to the Church since the clergy were pressing her hard to submit: her voices told her that if she desired Our Lord to aid her she must wait upon Him in all her doings. She said that Our Lord has always been the master of her doings, and the Enemy never had power over them. She asked her voices if she would be burned and they answered that she must wait upon God, and He would aid her.
When asked about the crown she said she had given to the archbishop of Reims, and whether she would refer herself to him, She answered: “Send him here [and let me hear him speak]: and then I will answer you. He dare not deny what I have told you.”
But seeing the hardness of her heart and her manner of answering, we the said judges, fearing that the torments of torture would be of little profit to her, decided to postpone their application until we had received more complete advice on the question.
Saturday, May 12th. Jeanne is not to be tortured
On Saturday following, May 12th, in our episcopal dwelling at Rouen, before us the said judges and in the presence of the venerable masters, treasurer, and , archdeacons and canons of Rouen; Guillaume Erart, master of theology; , , , and , licentiates in canon law; , , bachelors of sacred theology; and brother .
We the said bishop recalled what had taken place on the previous Wednesday, and we asked the counsel of the assessors on what remained to be done, in particular if it was expedient to put Jeanne to the torture.
[And first the saidstated that he thought it was not expedient, lest a trial so well conducted should be exposed to calumny.
Mastersaid he thought it was not yet expedient to put her to the torture.
Mastersaid it was not yet expedient.
Master Guillaume Erart said it was needless to put her to the torture, sufficient matter was possessed without it.
Mastergave a similar opinion; but thought she should again be charitably admonished, once and for all, to submit to the Church. If she would not, then in God’s name the proceedings should continue.
Mastersaid it was not expedient.
Mastersaid he thought it expedient to put her to the torture in order to discover the truth of her lies.
Mastersaid he thought it wise to torture her. She ought also to be examined whether she would submit to the judgment of the Church.
Mastersaid it is not expedient to put her to the torture, but she should, once more, be charitably admonished of the necessity of submitting to the decision of the Church.
Brother, similarly; but for the last time she should be admonished to submit to the Church Militant.
Mastersaid he thought it good for the health of her soul to put her to the torture: nevertheless he deferred to the earlier opinions.
Master, who came later, was of the opinion that there was no need for torture.
Master, Vice-Inquisitor, said she should once more be examined on whether she believed she should submit to the Church Militant.]
When these opinions had been heard and the answers which Jeanne had made on the previous Wednesday considered, in view of her disposition and will and of the circumstances, we concluded that it was neither necessary nor expedient to submit her to the torture, and that we should proceed further in the matter.