The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Unseen World and Other Essays by John Fiske:|
February she appeared before the court; on the 13th of March she
was examined in the prison by an inquisitor; and on May 24, the
Thursday after Pentecost, upon a scaffold conspicuously placed in
the Cemetery of St. Ouen, she publicly recanted, abjuring her
"heresies" and asking the Church's pardon for her "witchcraft."
We may be sure that the Church dignitaries would not knowingly
have made such public display of a counterfeit Jeanne; nor could
they well have been deceived themselves under such circumstances.
It may indeed be said, to exhaust all possible suppositions, that
a young girl wonderfully similar in feature and voice to Jeanne
d'Arc was palmed off upon the English by Duke Philip, and
The Unseen World and Other Essays