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part of the booty, but who were caught at L'Argeau, where the English were then stationed.
The same day, about three in the afternoon, was a great and bold skirmish in an island before the cross of the mills of Saint Aignan, because the English broke
in order to secure the cross-road which they had taken at the gate of Saint Loup; and the French, as well soldiers as citizens, crossed the stream at this island, thinking to recover the cross-road which had been invested in the morning. At this rencounter, issued a strong force of the English lying in ambush behind the Turcie, a little farther than Saint John le Blanc, uttering loud cries against the French, who returned, and hastily retreated towards their boulevards; which they could not however effect with sufficient expedition to prevent twenty-two being killed. Independent of these, two gentlemen were taken, the one named the Little Briton, belonging to the retinue of the Bastard of Orleans; and the other called Raymonet, belonging to the Marshal of Saint Severe. In this skirmish was also lost a culverin, while that belonging to Master John, being long in great danger, was captured. For when he thought to retreat into his niche, others rushed in at the same time, in such wise, that he sunk into the river, wherefore he thought to regain his culverin by means of a large boat, but he could not succeed; he then laid fast hold of a beam whereto he clung,
and, notwithstanding all these mishaps, swam upon the same till he gained the bank, and saved himself within the city, leaving his culverin to the English, who carried the same to their Tournelles:
The following Thursday, being the twenty-seventh of the same month of January, at three in the evening, a very great skirmish took place before the boulevard of the gate Regnart; because four and five hundred English combatants proceeded thither from their bastille, uttering great and marvellous cries. Against these, sallied forth those of Orleans by the same boulevard, making so much speed that they got into disorder, and in consequence the Marshal of Saint Severe caused them to return. Having once more marshalled them, he made them again sally forth, and so ably conducted himself, showing such prowess, that he compelled the English to return into their bastille of Saint Lawrence.
The following day, being Friday, arrived in Orleans, about eleven at night, certain ambassadors who had been despatched to the king from the city, in order to procure succour.
The Saturday ensuing, being the twenty-first day of January, at eight in the morning, the English raised great cries throughout their camp and in their bastilles, taking up arms in mighty force, and still continuing their shoutings, at the same time displaying signs of grand hardihood, approaching even to a barrier which was in the square before the
Tower of our Lady, as well as to the boulevard of Regnart gate ; but they were warmly received. For the men at war and a multitude of the citizens of Orleans sallied out forthwith against them, well organized, in such sort, that there was a very bold and 'grand skirmish, as well by hand as with cannons, culverins, and arrows; so that many people were killed, wounded, and made prisoners on either side. And more especially there died an English Lord, whom they mourned much, and whom they carried to be interred at Jargeau. And on this same day towards the morning, arrived also in Orleans the lord of Villars, the lord of Sainctes Trailles, and Poton his brother, Messire Ternay, and other knights and esquires coming to confer with the king.
The following Sunday, at night, the Bastard of Orleans left the city, accompanied by several knights and esquires, to repair to Blois, to Charles, Count of Clermont, eldest son of the Duke of Bourbon. Wherefore, the English hearing them speak, cried to arms, and set a strong watch, doubtful whether their intention was not to attack their bastilles.
The following day, being Monday, the twentyfourth of the month of January, about four in the evening, arrived in Orleans La Hire, and with him thirty men at arms; against whom the English discharged a cannon, the stone from which fell in the midst of them, just as they had gained the spot before Regnart gate, which neither killed nor hurt
any one, being a great marvel. So they entered sains et saufs into the city, and proceeded to render grace unto our Lord, who had preserved them from injury.
Wednesday, the twenty-sixth of the said January, was a great skirmish before the boulevard of Bannier gate; because the English cautiously thought that the sun shone in the faces of the French who were without the boulevard to skirmish. And there sallied from out their host a mighty power, showing great appearance of hardihood; and acted in such wise, that they caused the French to fall back to the edge of the fosse of the boulevard of the city ; whereto they approached so near that they bore away one of their standards and a lance near the boulevard; but they continued only for a short space, because those of Orleans, and on the boulevard, thickly discharged against them cannons, bombs, culverins, and other
And it was said, that in this skirmish were killed twenty English, not counting the wounded. But of the French died only one archer of the Marshal of Saint Severe, who fell by a shot from a cannon of Orleans itself, whereat his master, and the other lords, were mightily chagrined.
The day following, being Sunday the twentyninth of the said month of January, safeguard was accorded on either side to La Hire, and Messire Launcelot de l'Isle, to hold conference together. This took place about the hour of closing the gates.
But after they had spoken together, and that the hour of safeguard was passed, as each of them returned towards his people, those of Orleans discharged a cannon, which struck Messire Launcelot, in such wise, that his head was carried off, whereat those of his party were very dolorous; for he was their Marshal and a right valiant man.
The following, which was Sunday, a very great skirmish took place; because the English carried off the sticks, that is, vine stakes, from the vineyards in the environs of Saint Lardre, and Saint John de la Ruelle, near Orleans, and conveyed them to their camp to warm themselves therewith. Wherefore the Marshal of Saint Severe, La Hire, Poton, Messire Jacques de Chabanes, Messire Denis de Chailly, Messire Gervais, Arragonese, and many others of Orleans, sallied forth, rushing among them, and valiantly assailing them, in such sort, that they killed seven, and brought fourteen prisoners into the city. And this same day departed this world a valiant.citizen and a native, named Simon de Baugener, who had been wounded in the throat by one of the enemy's arrows.
And the following day, being Monday the thirty-first and last of the said month of January, arrived in Orleans, eight horses charged with oil and grease.
Thursday following, the third day of February, issued from Orleans, the Marshal of Saint Severe, Messire James de Chabanes, La Hire, Couras, and