CONFESSION OF GUILLEMETTE, WIDOW OF BERNARD BENET OF ORNOLAC
In the year of our Lord 1319, the 11
of May, Alazaïs, wife of Pierre Munier of Ornolac, sworn
witness to the event of the heretical words that its is said were uttered by Guillemette, widow of
Bernard Benet of Ornolac, said:
A year ago, in relationship to the present time in which I am testifying, when the leaves
of the elm trees grow, myself and Guillemette, widow of Bernard Benet of Ornolac, were sitting
under the elm of Ornolac, and we were talking about this and that.
Among other things, I said,
“May God guard your soul, and with your body let God do what he will!”
Guillemette said to
me, “Orca, orca
, what are you afraid of?”
I told her that I was afraid for my soul because we sin
often, and I asked her: “And you, aren’t you afraid?”
She responded that she was not.
her why she was not afraid for her soul, and she responded: “Arma, arma
, orca, our soul is no
more than blood.”
Hearing this, I told her to never again say such a thing, for it could make
misfortune befall her.
She responded that she would say it in front of anyone she liked: “And
what would happen to me, if I said it?”
That year, around Lent, I was in a house that is next to Guillemette’s house, and Raimond
Benet, her son-in-law, was in her house, and he was speaking to her (I overheard it).
saying: “Na pros femma, gardastz la anima”; Guillemette responded: “Orc, orc, e quinha anima?
La anima no es mas la sanc
Afterwards, I spoke of these words to Raimond Benet, who
repeated them to me.
Interrogated if it is by hatred…she said no