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Interrogation of Joan of Arc (Electronic book text)
Interrogation of Joan of Arc (Electronic book text): Karen Sullivan
Interrogation of Joan of Arc (Electronic book text): Karen Sullivan

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The transcripts of Joan of Arcs trial for heresy at Rouen in 1431 and the minutes of her interrogation have long been recognized as our best source of information about the Maid of Orleans. Historians generally view these legal texts as a precise account of Joans words and, by extension, her beliefs. Focusing on the minutes recorded by clerics, however, Karen Sullivan challenges the accuracy of the transcript. In The Interrogation of Joan of Arc, she re-reads the record not as a perfect reflection of a historical personalitys words, but as a literary text resulting from the collaboration between Joan and her interrogators. Sullivan provides an illuminating and innovative account of Joans trial and interrogation, placing them in historical, social, and religious context. In the fifteenth century, interrogation was a method of truth-gathering identified not with people like Joan, who was uneducated, but with clerics, like those who tried her. When these clerics questioned Joan, they did so as scholastics educated at the University of Paris, as judges and assistants to judges, and as pastors trained in hearing confessions. The Interrogation of Joan of Arc traces Joans conflicts with her interrogators not to differing political allegiances, but to fundamental differences between clerical and lay cultures. Sullivan demonstrates that the figure depicted in the transcripts as Joan of Arc is a complex, multifaceted persona that results largely from these cultural differences. Discerning and innovative, this study suggests a powerful new interpretive model and redefines our sense of Joan and her time.

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Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 1999
Authors: Karen Sullivan
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 232
ISBN-13: 978-1-299-91488-9
Barcode: 9781299914889
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LSN: 1-299-91488-8

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