Jeanne is interrogated in prison on submission to the Church and
The Twelve Articles of Accusation.
And the following Saturday, the last day of the month of March, Easter Eve, under the presidency of Us, the aforesaid Judges, in Jeanne’s prison, being assisted by the Lords and Masters, Jean Beaupère, J. de Touraine, N. Midi, P. Maurice, G. Feuillet, G. Haiton, and T. de Courcelles; Guillaume Muton and John Grey, witnesses:
Jeanne had been questioned as follows, touching sundry points on which she did, as had been seen, ask delay for reply:
“Will you refer yourself to the judgment of the Church on earth for all you have said or done, be it good or bad? Especially will you refer to the Church the cases, crimes, and offenses which are imputed to you and everything which touches on this Trial?”
“On all that I am asked I will refer to the Church Militant, provided they do not command anything impossible. And I hold as a thing impossible to declare that my actions and my words and all that I have answered on the subject of my visions and revelations I have not done and said by the order of God: this, I will not declare for anything in the world. And that which God had made me do, had commanded or shall command, I will not fail to do for any man alive. It would be impossible for me to revoke it. And in case the Church should wish me to do anything contrary to the command which has been given me of God, I will not consent to it, whatever it may be.”
“If the Church Militant tells you that your revelations are illusions, or diabolical things, will you defer to the Church?”
“I will defer to God, Whose Commandment I always do. I know well that that which is contained in my Case has come to me by the Commandment of God; what I affirm in the Case is, that I have acted by the order of God: it is impossible for me to say otherwise. In case the Church should prescribe the contrary, I should not refer to any one in the world, but to God alone, Whose Commandment I always follow.”
“Do you not then believe you are subject to the Church of God which is on earth, that is to say to our Lord the Pope, to the Cardinals, the Archbishops, Bishops, and other prelates of the Church?”
“Yes, I believe myself to be subject to them; but God must be served first.”
“Have you then command from your Voices not to submit yourself to the Church Militant, which is on earth, nor to its decision ?”
“I answer nothing from my own head; what I answer is by command of my Voices; they do not order me to disobey the Church, but God must be served first.”
“At the Castle of Beaurevoir, at Arras or elsewhere, had you any files?”
“If any were found upon me, I have nothing to say.”
This done we did retire, postponing to another day the continuation of this present Trial for Belief.
DELIBERATIONS HELD ON APRIL 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.
Choice is made of assertions on which the deliberation should bear, and these assertions are drawn up in Twelve Articles.
The Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday after Easter, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of April, in the year of Our Lord, 1431.
We, the Judges, have convoked sundry Doctors and Masters with whom we have carefully examined the Seventy Articles which have been recently transcribed, together with the questions and answers of Jeanne, attached to each of these Seventy Articles.
This examination carried out, We did decide that it is expedient to extract from this collection certain assertions and propositions, and to embody those assertions and propositions in Twelve Articles only, which shall thus comprehend, in a summary and succinct manner, the greater part of the sayings of the Accused.
These Twelve Articles having been prepared, We, the Judges, did decree that it is expedient to transmit these Articles to the Doctors, and others, expert in laws Divine and human, in order to have from them, for the benefit of the Faith, advice and counsel on the character of the assertions therein contained.
[The Seventy Articles preceding which form the Act of Accusation for the Trial, were reduced to Twelve by Maître NicolasMidi; the twelve Articles are here given.]