To the great lords of her time as well as the politicians of the Church expediency was God.
So the Maid had to die. So to Warwick and Cauchon, her life has the'somewhat artificial, and certainly impersonal, quality of a play.
Short scenes from it are played out during the trial as they struggle to turn her simplicity into heresy.
But it is the glory of her life rather than the tragedy that is the triumphant climax of the play.