Quote - Joan of Arc

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”
- Joan of Arc

Because Joan of Arc's trial was recorded we have a unique access to the direct words of Joan. These words were written under the stress of trial, but they show tremendous bravery, faith and determination.

It is worth remembering that during the trial Joan faced:
Imprisonment by English soldiers, who at at times threatened to mistreat her.
Although she was never tortured at one time she was led into the torture room
She had no independent counsel.
All those in the room were expected to find her guilty

Despite facing almost certain death at the stake, her written words display a remarkable presence of mind given her circumstances and age (only 19)

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