The scene that keeps surfacing in my mind’s eye takes place in her cell after she has been given a choice: dress like a woman and live or continue dressing like a man and face the fiery stake:
...How often did they ask
me why I would not wear a dress.
How they frequently berated
me and urged me to confess that
To put on the clothes of men was
a foul abomination. They
said it was a mortal sin and
even promised me salvation
from the smoke and scorching fire if
I would just recant and put on
women’s attire, the way, they said
that God himself intended (74).
Thank you, David Elliott, for your powerful and vivid writing which was the catalyst for this learning journey. And to Joan of Arc, for daring to be her true self.
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc will be available on March 26, 2019.