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threatening to cause her to be burned. They kept as prisoner the carrier of the letter, regarding in derision every thing that she had written to them.
The next ensuing Thursday, the twenty-fourth of the same month of March, and the day of Holy Thursday, the English discharged a bomb within Orleans, the stone from which fell into the street de la Charpenterie, killing and wounding three persons : during the which day, a great report was spread, that some of the city intended traitorously to deliver the same into the hands of the English. Wherefore this same day and on the following, being the eve of Holy Lent, and upon the day itself, continued the men at war there in garrison, with the citizens and others having thither also retreated ; continually in arms, each being upon his guard, as well in the city and upon the walls, as on the surrounding boulevards.
The day of Holy Easter, which was the twentyseventh of the said month of March, one thousand four hundred twenty and nine, was a truce ratified and given on either side between the French in Orleans, and the English carrying on the siege.
The Tuesday ensuing, twenty-ninth of the same month, arrived within the city a great number of cattle and other provisions.
The following Friday, which was the first day of the month of April, and in this same year one thousand four hundred twenty and nine, went forth the
French to skirmish with the English, near the boulevard, which they had newly constructed at the Grange Cuyveret. Wherefore, they all sallied forth against them, having two standards, and there continued for a long space of time, the one before the other, and discharging of cannons the one against the other, as well as culverins and other shots, so that on either side there were many wounded.
The day following arrived within Orleans, nine oxen and two horses laden with kids and other provisions. And upon the same day after the hour of twelve, did the French forthwith skirmish against the boulevard of Grange Cuyveret, at which place they were well received; for, from the bastille of Saint Lawrence, sallied forth against them about four hundred combatants, bearing with them two standards, one of which was that of Saint George, being the one half white and the other red, and having in the middle a red cross; and they came as far as Saint Maturin and to Turpin field, charging strongly upon the French, the which were ranged in good order of battle by the Bastard of Orleans, the lord of Graville, La Hire, Poton, and Tilloy; so that they behaved themselves right valiantly, and there was a very hot and a strong skirmish. During the which cannons, bombs, culverins, and other shots, were marvellously discharged upon either side; so that in the end there were several killed and wounded as well of the French as of the English.
The Sunday following, named Quasimodo, which is the concluding day of Easter, sallied out many inhabitants from Orleans, and took possession of a barge near unto Saint Loup, wherein were nine tons of wine, a hog and venison, which were intended to be carried to the English, in the said bastille of Saint Loup; but those of Orleans drank the wine, and ate the hoy and the venison. And upon the same day was a smart skirmish delivered by the pages of the French and those of the English between the two islands of Saint Lawrence, they having no shields, excepting small wicker baskets; and they threw stones and Aints the one against the other. And in the end the French caused the English to fall back; to see the which was a multitude of people. And at this skirmish and others that often took place before Orleans with the French pages, was one of them their captain, a gentleman of Dauphiny, named Aymart de Puiseux ; the which was afterwards named gold-headed, by La Hire, as well upon account of his being so fair, as also, that he was very enlightened and of great hardihood among the others; which was after showed in many feats of arms, not only in this kingdom, but in Germany and others.
The ensuing day, being Monday, just at the opening of the city gates, arrived a number of French, who had scoured the country as far as Meung, the captain of which they had killed, and brought with
them forty-three heads of large cattle, many of the which had broken horns.
The same day, after twelve, another battle took place between the pages, who were attired as before; and there was killed by a blow from a stone, one of the English pages, and there were also many wounded on either side. So that, in the end, the English pages got possession of the standard from the French pages.
The Tuesday, fifth of the said month, at the opening of the gates, arrived within Orleans an hundred and one hogs and six fat oxen, which were conducted by dealers from Berry; the same passing to the right of Saint Aignan of Orleans. Against the which, very speedily, sallied out the English from their tournelles so soon as they had perceived them. But it was too late, for they lost their labour.
This same day, also, arrived two horses laden with butter and with cheese, and seventeen hogs which were brought from Chasteaudun. And there also arrived news that the French in garrison at the said city of Chasteaudun, had, as well killed and taken, as put to the route, from thirty to forty English, who were the bearers of much money and other things to the English camp.
The Thursday after, the seventh of the said month, arrived for the English at the bastille of Saint Lawrence, much provisions and other accoutrements for war, without finding any hindrance.
The following day, towards the morning, arrived within the city twenty-six horned cattle, which some French, forming part of the garrison, had gained in Normandy.
The Saturday ensuing, ninth of the same month, arrived also, towards the morning, seventeen hogs and eight horses; two of which were laden with kids and hogs, and the other six with corn; the same being brought from Chasteaudun. In another quarter the English about this period raised another boulevard, and made a fosse to the right of the Ars Press, in order to prevent which sallied out the French, proceeding as far as the boulevard. But a dreadful rain began to fall, and most marvellous weather, which lasted during a length of time; wherefore they could not accomplish their intention, and so returned within the city without doing any thing.
The Tuesday next following, the twelfth of the said month, many French took their departure from Orleans by night, and proceeded to Saint Marceau or Val de Loire, and demolished and broke open the church, in the which they found twenty English, whom they took and brought prisoners within the city ; in which affair they lost two of their companions. And on the ensuing day was conveyed great quantity of money into Orleans for the paying of the garrison, who had acted gallantly.
Friday, the fifteenth of the said month of April,