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the English, after whom ran the people in very great crowds, taking much pleasure in seeing her and in surrounding her. And when she had reconnoitred and beheld at her pleasure the fortifications of the English, she returned to the church of the Saint Cross of Orleans within the city, where she heard the
vespers. On the Wednesday, fourth day of the said month of May, the Pucelle sallied forth into the fields, having in her company the lord de Villars, and Messires Fleurent D'Illiers, La Hire, Alain Giron, Jamet de Tilloy, and several other esquires and men at war, being in all five hundred combatants; and she went to the meeting of the Bastard of Orleans, of Messire de Rays, of the marshal of Saint Severe, of the baron of Colouces, and of several other knights and esquires, together with other men at war habited and with javelins, and bearing leaden mallets, who were conducting provisions, which those of Bourges, Angiers, Tours, and Blois, had despatched to those of Orleans; the same being received with very great joy into the city; which they entered in front of the bastille of the English, who did not dare come out at all, but kept themselves strongly upon their guard. And this same day, after twelve at noon, departed from the city the Pucelle and the Bastard of Orleans, conducting in their company a great number of nobles with about fifteen hundred combatants, and they went to
attack the bastille of Saint Loup, where they experienced very great resistance. For the English, who had strongly fortified it, defended the same right valiantly during the space of three hours, which time the assault was carried on with great acrimony; in such a manner that at length the French took it by force, and killed an hundred and fourteen English, retaining and conducting forty prisoners within their city. But before this they beat down, burned and demolished the whole of this bastille, to the great rage, damage, and displeasure of the English; part of whom being in the bastille of Saint Pouvair, sallied forth with mighty power during this assault, desiring to give assistance to their people; whereof those of Orleans were advertised by means of the tocsin of the belfry, which sounded twice. Wherefore the marshal of Saint Severe, the lord of Graville, the baron de Colouces, and many other knights, esquires, men at war, and citizens, being in all six hundred combatants, sallied out hastily from Orleans, and marched to the fields in very good order for battle against the English; the which abandoned their enterprise and the succouring of their companions, when they beheld the manner of the French thus sallying forth in order for battle, and returned mourning and in rage within their bastille, from whence they had issued in very great haste. But notwithstanding their return, those of the bastille still defended themselves more and
Yet in the end it was taken by the French, for thus it is said.
The Thursday ensuing, which was the Ascension of our Lord, a council was held by the Pucelle, the Bastard of Orleans, the marshal of Saint Severe, and de Rays, the lord de Graville, the baron de Colouces, the lord de Villars, the lord de Sainctestrailles, the lord de Gaucourt, La Hire, the lord de Covraze, Messire Denis de Chailly, Thibaut de Termes, Jamet de Tilloy, and a Scottish captain called Canede, and other captains and chiefs of war, as also the citizens of Orleans, to advise and to .conclude what ought to be decided upon in regard to the English, who held them in a state of siege. Wherefore it was agreed that the Tournelles and the boulevards at the end of the bridge should be assailed ; because the English had marvellously fortified them with engines of defence, and a great number of persons well used to the art of war. And the captains therefore received command that each should hold himself in readiness on the morning of the following day, having all things necessary for the making an assault; the which orders were well obeyed. For by the night was so much diligence manifested, that all was ready by early morning, and announced unto the Pucelle; the which sallied out of Orleans, having in her company the Bastard of Orleans, the marshals of Saint Severe, and de Rays, the lord of Graville, Messire Fleurend D'Illiers,
La Hire, and many other knights, esquires, and about four thousand combatants, and passed the river Loire between Saint Loup and the new tower; and prima facie, they took Saint John Le Blanc, which the English had repaired, and fortified ; and then retired upon a small island, which is to the right of Saint Aignan. And then the English of the Tournelles sallied out in great power, uttering loud cries, and came to charge them desperately and very
But the Pucelle and La Hire, on all sides, joined together with their own people, and fought with such great force and hardihood against the English, that they obliged them to fall back to their boulevards and Tournelles. And immediately on coming up commenced such an assault upon the boulevard and the bastille near that spot, and fortified by the English on the ground where lately stood the church of the Augustins, that they took the same by force, delivering a great number of Frenchmen prisoners, and killing several English who were therein and had most obstinately defended the same, insomuch that many gallant feats of arms were per
either side. And the ensuing night the French commenced the siege before the Tournelles and the surrounding boulevards. Therefore, those of Orleans used great diligence in conveying, during the whole of the night, bread, wine, and other provisions, to the men at war carrying on the siege.
The day after, by the dawn of morning, which was
Saturday the sixth day of May, the French assailed the boulevards and the Tournelles, even while the English were engaged in fortifying them. And there took place a most marvellous assault, during which were performed many gallant feats of arms, as well by the assailants as those who defended, because the English had great numbers of bold combatants, and were abundantly furnished with every instrument of defence. And well did they also show it; for notwithstanding the French placed their scaling ladders in divers places and very thickly, and attacked in front the very highest of their fortifications with such valour and hardihood, that it seemed, from their bold array, that they would fain be immortal; yet were they discomfited several times, and hurled from the top to the bottom, as well by cannon and other discharges, as by hatchets, lances, javelins, leaden mallets, and even with their own hands; so that many of the French were killed and wounded, and among the others was there wounded the Pucelle, being struck by an arrow between the shoulder and the throat, so much front that it passed through. At which all the assailants were mightily doleful and in rage, and more especially the Bastard of Orleans and other captains, who advanced towards her, saying, that it would be better to give up the assault until the ensuing day. But she consoled them by many fine and hardy speeches, exhorting them to maintain