Giovanna D'Arco

Joan of Arc in prison (from a movie)

On the five months of imprisonment that Joan of Arc he lived in a cell of the castle of Rouen from the very beginning of the trial that finally led to the stake, there have been several witnesses, all unanimous in reporting the harsh conditions and often too harsh.

In truth, the young woman had tried to escape several times and this prompted the British to increase and strengthen precautions.

To prevent her from escaping, the girl was given one foot chain and during the night she was literally tied to the bed, while three guards watched her constantly until dawn.

Jailers are not described as good people: they were rough and heavy people, with brisk manners, who did not scruple to torment her with jokes and jokes in bad taste.

These men probably also tried to abuse of Giovanna, since she herself, when asked why she had started dressing in men's clothes again, he had replied that, when he wore women's ones, she had been forced to suffer harassment and attempted rape by the guards.

In jail there Pulzella d’Orleans she spent most of her time alone, with the only one and we can imagine the unpleasant company of his tormentors; every now and then the judges came to her, as well as some spies intent on stealing information and secrets from her.

The 30 May 1431 the captivity ended: Giovanna was led to the gallows (Photo gives: stpauls.it).