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ransom pledges, with the hostages then remaining there in his stead, the which he briefly after acquitted, and in order so to do, sold a portion of his lands, thinking to recover others by assisting and succouring the king, his sovereign lord. Who, to do this, awarded to him a great number of men at arms and artillery, and gave to accompany him the Pucelle, expressly commanding him, that he should act and do entirely according to her counsel. And he conducted himself as one taking great delight to behold her in his company; and in like manner did the people at arms, all conceiving and respecting her to be sent by our Lord, and so she was. Wherefore the duke of Alençon and she, and their men at arms, took leave of the king, and entered the plains, keeping themselves in good array. And in this manner did they shortly after enter into Orleans, at which place they were welcomed with great joy by all the citizens, and above the rest, the Pucelle in the gazing upon whom they were never sufficiently satisfied.
After the duke of Alençon, the Pucelle, the count de Vendosme, the Bastard of Orleans, the marshal of Saint Severe, La Hire, Messire Fleurent d'Illiers, Jamet de Tilloy, and a valiant gentleman very renowned of old, called Tudual de Carmoisen, sirnamed the Bourgois, of the nation of Brittany, with many other personages of war who had remained for a short period in Orleans, took their departure on
Saturday, being the eleventh day of June, comprising altogether about eight thousand combatants, as well on horseback as on foot; of whom many carried javelins, hatchets, cross-bows, and others leaden mallets. And they caused to be transported and taken a sufficient quantity of artillery, thus departing in order to lay the siege before Jargeau, then taking part with the English; in the which place was Messire William de la Pole, earl of Suffolk, and Messire John, Messire Alexander de la Pole his brothers, and with them between six and seven hundred English combatants, furnished with cannon and other artillery, very valiant men in war; and even so did they show it in many assaults and skirmishes, which there took place during the said siege; the which was half raised on account of the terrible speeches of some, who said that it ought to be abandoned for the purpose of proceeding to the encounter of Messire John Fascot (Fastolf) and other chieftains of the adverse party, coming from Paris and conveying provisions and artillery with full two thousand English combatants, desirous of causing the siege to be raised, or, at all events, of victualling and affording succour to the city of Jargeau. And immediately many departed, and so had all the rest done, had it not been for the Pucelle and many lords and captains, who with fine speeches caused them to abide and made the others return; so that the siege was recommenced in an instant, and they
began to skirmish against those of the city, who discharged marvellously from cannons and other engines, whereby many French were wounded; and among others, by a blow from one of their slings, was carried away the head of a gentleman of Anjou, who had taken his stand on the same spot from whence the duke of Alençon, by the advice of the Pucelle, who had showed to him the danger, had but that instant retired, so that he was not more than twelve feet distant from the spot. During the whole of this day and the ensuing night, the French discharged bombs and cannons against the city of Jargeau, in such sort, that it was much battered. For by means of three discharges from one of the bombs used at Orleans, and called Bergerie or Bergere, was battered down the greatest tower of the place. Therefore on the following day, which was Sunday the twelfth of June, the French men of war placed themselves within the ditches, having with them ladders and other implements necessary to carry on the assault, and those from within sallied forth marvellously, the which stoutly defended themselves with a large piece, and most virtuously. And in particular there was one of them upon the walls, who was very tall and lusty, and armed from head to foot, wearing an helmet upon his head, who conducted himself very ably, and threw outright marvellous large stones, continually hurling down ladders and the men upon them. The which was
pointed out by the duke of Alençon to Master John the culverin gunner, in order that he might level at him his culverin; with a ball from which he struck the Englishman upon the chest who had so stoutly showed himself to all, and thus killed him outright, so that he fell within the city. In another direction during this same assault, did the Pucelle descend into the fosse with her standard, and at the very spot where was the hottest resistance, and approached so nigh unto the wall, that an Englishman incontinent cast a great stone upon her head, and struck her so hard that she was obliged to seat herself upon the ground. And although the stone was very hard, it nevertheless brake into pieces without doing any great injury to the Pucelle; who almost immediately arose, displaying virtuous courage, and then exhorted her people in the strongest manner, desiring that they would entertain no doubt; for that the English had no longer any power to defend themselves; in uttering which she spake the truth : for instantly after these words, the French being all well assured, began to mount the walls with so much hardihood, that they entered into the city and took it by assault.
When the earl of Suffolk, and his two brothers, and many other English lords, perceived that they could no longer defend the walls, they retired upon the bridge ; but while retreating thither, was killed Messire Alexander, brother of the said earl. And
also soon after was this bridge surrendered by the English, they knowing that it was too weak to be retained, and seeing that they were also surprised. Many valiant men at war pursued the English ; and in particular there was a French gentleman named Guillaume Regnault, who had strove hard to take the earl of Suffolk; so the earl demanded of him if
was a gentleman? to the which he answered, Yea; and then inquired if he was a knight? and he replied, Nay; whereupon the said earl created him a knight, and then surrendered himself up his prisoner. And in like manner was there also taken prisoner Messire John de la Pole, his brother, with many other lords and men at war, of whom several were that same evening conveyed prisoners by water, and at night arrived at Orleans, fearful lest they should be killed. For many others were massacred upon the road, owing to a quarrel which took place between some of the Frenchmen respecting the division of the prisoners. And in regard to the city of Jargeau, and even the church wherein was stowed a great quantity of riches, the whole was also pillaged. This same night returned the duke of Alençon and the Pucelle, with many lords and men at arms, into the city of Orleans, where they were welcomed with the greatest joy. And from thence they made known unto the king the taking of Jargeau, and how the assault had lasted for the space of four hours, in the course of which were