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taken prisoners, together with many other lords and valiant men of England. And in another quarter those of Jenville were not the losers; to many of whom numbers of the English had confided the greater part of their money, when they had passed through that place, in order to go and succour Baugency. This same day surrendered themselves to the king, the inhabitants of Jenville; and there a gentleman also named lieutenant to the captain, and the French were stationed within the great tower, to whom he tendered the oath to be good and loyal. And forthwith speeded unto the king the renown of this discomfiture, from the which many escaped by flight, and among others Messire John Fascot (Fastolf), who took refuge in Corbueil ; and so greatly were affrighted the troops of the English garrisons in the country of Beausse, namely, at Mont-pipeau, Saint Sigismont, and other strong and fortified places, that they set fire thereto, and hastily took to Aight. And on the contrary, the courage of the French increased, who from all sides assembled at Orleans, believing that the king was to proceed thither, to give orders concerning the journey for his coronation; which he did not perform; whereat those of the city, who had caused it to be hung and adorned, were very discontented, not taking into consideration the affairs of the king, who, in order to arrange concerning matters of state, sojourned at Sully, on the river Loire. And

thither went the duke of Alençon, and all the lords and men at war, who had been present at the battle of Pathay, and from thence they had retired to Orleans. And in particular the Pucelle, who spake to him respecting the constable; displaying unto him the good will which he showed towards him, and the noble lords and valiant men at war, to the number of fifteen hundred combatants, whom he conducted with him; supplicating that he would pardon his evil conduct. The which was accorded by the king at her request, as well as on account of the love he bore to the lord de la Trimouille, who possessed the greatest influence near his person; but he would not permit him to be one of the journey, nor present at his inauguration; whereat the Pucelle was very much displeased, as well as many other great lords, captains, and other persons of the council, well knowing that he thereby sent away many personages of worth and valiant men.

But nevertheless they dared not to speak, because they perceived that the king did all, in every thing, as pleased unto the said lord de la Trimouille, for whose satisfaction he would not suffer that the constable should approach near unto him. Wherefore he bethought him to employ his men at war in another direction, who were very desirous to make use of their arms, and were willing to go and besiege Marchesnoir, which is between Blois and Orleans. But when the English and

the Burgundians, who were garrisoned there, became acquainted therewith, they despatched under safe conduct some from among them to the duke of Alençon, who treated with them on the part of the king, and accorded them a lapse of ten days, to transport from thence their goods, and did so much that they promised to be good and loyal Frenchmen, and to surrender

up the place into their king's hands, for the performance of which they sent hostages for the greater security. And for so doing, and on account of the same, the king was to grant them a pardon for all offences. After the said treaty, it was by the duke of Alençon made known to the constable, that he was no longer to proceed forwards;

neither did he do so. But the traitors perjured themselves : for when they learned that the constable, misdoubting of whom they had ratified this treaty, was marched away, they so acted during the term of the ten days, that they took for security several of the people of the duke of Alençon, and imprisoned them within their town of Marchesnoir; in order that they might get back their hostages, and by this means did not surrender, but kept the place as they had before done.

Sunday, after the festival of Saint John the Baptist, this same year, one thousand four hundred twenty and nine, Bonny was surrendered up to Messire Loys de Culan, admiral of France, who had thither repaired to besiege it with a great power of people,

by order of the king ; the which had sent for his wife the queen Mary, daughter of the deceased Loys, king of Sicily, second of that name, because many were of opinion, that he would conduct her to be crowned with him at Rheims. And in a few days after, was she conducted to him at Gien, at the which place he assembled several councils, in order to conclude the manner most convenient for the performance of the journey for the inauguration. At the conclusion of which council it was agreed, that the king should send the queen back to Bourges ; and that without besieging Cosne and La Charité


the Loire, it was the advice of many, that it should be taken by storm, before his departure and entering upon the route, which was done accordingly. For the queen being sent back to Bourges, the king began his journey to Rheims, and took his departure from Gien on the festival of Saint Peter, in the same month of June, accompanied by La Pucelle, the duke of Alençon, the count de Clermont, afterwards duke de Bourbon, the count de Vendosme, the lord de Laval, the count de Boulogne, the Bastard of Orleans, the lord de Lohiac, the marshals de Saint Severe and de Rays, the admiral de Culan, and the lords de Thouras, de Sully, de Chaumont, on the Loire, de Prié de Chaivigny and de la Trimouille, de La Hire, de Poton, de Jamet de Tilloy, surnamed Bourgois, and of many other lords, nobles, valiant captains,

and gentlemen, together with about twelve thousand combatants, all brave, hardy, valiant men, and of singular great courage; as before, at the time present, and also afterwards, was manifested by their feats and noble achievements; and in especial during this same journey: in the progress of which they traversed, in going thither, and repassed upon their returning, frankly and fearing nothing, through the lands and the countries, whereof the cities, the castles, the bridges, and the passes, were manned with the English and the Burgundians. And above all did they arrive, still proceeding on their road, to lay the siege and commence the assault of the city of Auxere. And forthwith it appeared to the Pucelle, and many other lords and captains, that it might easily be taken by assault, and they were desirous of making the attempt. But the inhabitants of the city gave in secret two thousand crowns to the lord de la Trimouille, in order that he might prevent it from being assaulted, and also delivered unto the king's army great quantities of provisions, which were very necessary. Wherefore, they did not proffer any obedience, whereat were very malcontent the greater part of the host, and even La Pucelle; so that nothing more was done with them. Nevertheless the king remained about the space of three days, and then took his departure with all his army, and proceeded towards Saint Florentine, which was surrendered up to him peaceably; and from

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