Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc - 1 Sujana Gottumukkala The Objections against...

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Sujana Gottumukkala The Objections against Joan of Arc In Craig Taylor’s collection of documents, Joan of Arc: La Pucelle , two of the most important treatises written against Joan of Arc are De quadam puella (document no 22) and De bono et malo spiritu (document no. 27) Although documents nos. 22 and 27 both raise doubts about the veracity of Joan’s claims to be God’s representative, document no. 27 is clearly more extensive in its protests and contains many more objections than are found in document no. 22. Furthermore, the documents are very different with regard to the evidence that they use to condemn Joan, and it is interesting that document no. 27 relies on canon law instead of scripture like document no. 22. The main concern of both De quadam puella and De bono et malo spiritu seems to center around the possibility that Joan was an agent of the devil, rather than a representative from God. However, while both documents portray Joan’s cross-dressing as an indication of her inspiration by the devil, document no. 22 is more focused on the prevalence of false prophets and the difficulty of recognizing them. As evidence of the pervasiveness of such prophets, the author of De quadam puella often refers to scriptures and quotes, “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light”
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course HIST 044 taught by Professor Simons during the Spring '08 term at Dartmouth.

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