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performed many rare feats of arms. And of the English were there killed from four to five hundred, without counting the prisoners, who were of great renown, as well for nobility as gallant achievements in war.

The duke of Alençon and the Pucelle sojourning some little time after this success within Orleans, at which place were already from six to seven thousand combatants, there came also to reinforce the army, many lords, knights, esquires, captains, and valiant men at arms; and among others was the lord de la Val, and his brother the lord de Lohiac, the lord de Chaivigny, of Berri; the lord de la Tour D'Auvergne, and Vidame of Chartres. At about this period came also the king unto Sully upon

the Loire. And in truth his army augmented greatly; for there arrived from day to day persons from all parts of the kingdom obedient unto him. And then the duke of Alençon, as lieutenant - general of the army of the king, accompanied by the Pucelle, by Messire Loys de Bourbon, Count de Vendosme, and other lords, captains, and men at arms in great numbers, as well on foot as on horseback, quitted Orleans with large quantities of provisions, waggons, and artillery, on Wednesday the fifteenth of the said month of June, in order to commence the siege of Baugency, and in their way they attacked the bridge of Meung upon the Loire.

So that notwithstanding the

English had fortified it, and well lined it with valiant men, thinking to defend the same, in despite of their resistance, it was at once taken by direct assault. From thence transporting their artillery, they departed early the following morning, and so gained the city of Baugency and entered therein; because the English had evacuated the same and retired to the castle and upon the bridge, which they had fortified against them. So that they did not continue there at all at their ease. For many of the English had placed themselves secretly within the houses and the old ruined places of the city, from whence they made a sudden sally upon the French, just as they were lodging themselves, and there commenced a very brisk skirmish; in the course of which, many were killed and wounded on either side. Nevertheless, in the end, the English were compelled to retire to the bridge and into the castle, which the French besieged on the side of Beausse, and planted their bombs and cannon. During this siege arrived Arthur count de Richemont, constable of France, and brother of the duke of Brittany; in company with whom was Jacques de Dignan, lord of Beau-manoir, brother to the lord of Chasteaubriant. And there did the said constable entreat the Pucelle, as also did the other lords out of love for him, that she would

peace

with the king; and she promised him the same, upon this proviso, that he would swear, before herself and the

procure his

lords, that he would always serve the king with loyalty. And at the same time, the Pucelle also required, that the duke of Alençon and the other great lords, would ratify the obligation, and attest the same with their seals ; the which they performed, and by this means the constable continued at the siege with the other lords. And it was by them resolved, that a part of their forces should proceed to Sauloigne, in order that the English might be besieged in every direction; but the bailiff of Evreux, chief of the besieged, requested of the Pucelle a parley and a truce, which were accorded him; the termination of the same, it being about the middle of the night of that day, was, that the English should agree to surrender up the castle and the bridge, and that they might depart on the ensuing day, and carry with them their horses and their harness, together with as much of their goods and chattels, each one not amounting to more in value than one mark in silver; and that it should also be sworn among them that they would not carry arms until the expiration of ten days. And upon these conditions they departed that day and the morrow, which was the eighteenth day of June, and marched into Meung, and the French took possession of the castle, and reinforced it with troops in order to guard it. In another quarter, and on the same night, when the agreement to give up the castle and the bridge of Baugency was ratified,

came the lords Talbot and Escalles (lord Scales), and Messire John Fascot (Fastolf), who being informed of the taking of Jargeau, had left at Estampes the provisions and the artillery, which, in order to succour it, they had conveyed from Paris, and had advanced with great speed, thinking also to render aid to Baugency. And they had thought to cause the siege to be raised; but they could not enter, although they had four thousand combatants. For they found the French in such good order, that they gave up this enterprise, and returned to the bridge of Meung and attacked it with great animosity. But they were compelled to abandon every thing and enter into the city, on account of the avant-guard of the French ; which came in great haste after the taking of Baugency, that day in the morning, being desirous of attacking them. Therefore, that same day did they evacuate the whole city of Meung, and began their march through the plains, in gallant array, with the intention of proceeding to Jenville. Wherefore, when the duke of Alençon, and the other French lords who arrived after their avantguard, had learned the same, they hastened as much as in them lay, with their army, always keeping in good order, so that the English had no time to go as far as Jenville, but to a village in Beausse, named Pathay.

And because the Pucelle and several lords were not willing that the grand battle should be taken

from their path, they chose La Hire, Poton, Jamet de Tilloy, Messire Ambrose de Lore, Thibaut de Termes, and other very valiant men at arms on horseback, as well as the people of the lord of Beaumanoir, together with others who joined in their company, to undertake the charge of scouring and skirmishing before the English, to prevent and guard them from seeking a retreat in any strong place, which they accordingly effected. And even more than that; for they entered and struck among them with so much hardihood, that although they were not more than from fourteen to fifteen hundred combatants, they routed and discomfited them, notwithstanding they had upwards of four thousand fighting men. Of the which there remained dead upon the field about two thousand two hundred, as well of English as of false Frenchmen, and the rest betook them to fight, in order to save themselves, proceeding towards Jenville; at which place the people of the city closed upon them their gates; wherefore it behoved them to fly elsewhere, at a mere hazard. And in consequence of this were many after killed and taken in the same manner as with those of the great battle, who, upon their discomfiture, had joined with the first who were put to flight. In the course of this day much was gained by the French ; for the lord Talbot, the lord of Escales (Scales), Messire Thomas Rameston, and another captain named Hongnefort (Hungerford), were

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