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MonkeyNotes-Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
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Bishop of Beauvais or Peter Cauchon

He is a distinguished man of about sixty years of age, who represents the Roman Catholic Church in the play. He is a hard man and, like the Earl of Warwick, is a political opportunist. He is also a very astute judge of character. He is one of the members of the trinity of conspirators against Joan. Although he is against Joan's idea of communicating directly with God, he protects her by preventing the inquisitors from torturing her at her trial.

Chaplain John de Stogumber

He is a bull-necked and patriotic English chaplain of about fifty years of age. He is a conventional, unimaginative, and rigid follower of rules. He considers Joan to be a witch, and, therefore, he believes that she should be executed without delay. A major change comes in his character after he sees Joan burning at the stake. In order to get rid of his feelings of guilt for his part in her death, he spends the rest of his life doing good deeds for others.

The Inquisitor, John Lemaitre


A seemingly mild-mannered and elderly man, he is the representative of the Inquisition, a firm believer in the order of St. Dominic, and a good speaker with powerful rhetoric. Firm and authoritative in his thinking, he strongly believes that an individual must place his/her conscience in the authority of the Church. As an Inquisitor, he advocates mercy, appearing to be the epitome of justice and fairness. In reality, he is against Joan and believes she will condemn herself before the court. He has no qualms in sentencing her to burn at the stake, for she refuses to bow to the authority of the Church.

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