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them, that in case he was not sent back, he would cause to die by a bad death, all the English who were then prisoners in Orleans; together with all such as by any English noblemen had been sent to treat concerning the ransom of the others. In consequence of this, the chiefs of the host sent back the heralds and the messengers of the Pucelle, making known unto her by them, that they would burn and cause her to perish by fire, and that she was nothing more than a bunter, and that being such she might return to keep the cows, whereat she felt much ire. And
And upon this occasion, on the coming in of night, she repaired to the boulevard of the beautiful cross upon the bridge; and from thence harangued Glacidas (Glasdale) and other English being in the Tournelles, telling them on the part of God, to surrender themselves up only to save their lives whole. But Glacidas (Glasdale) and those of his band answered villanously, offering her injuries and calling her cow-keeper as before, and crying aloud that they would burn her if they could catch her in their power. At the which, she was in no ways irritated, and answered them that they lied; and thus having said, she retreated into the city.
The following Sunday, which was the first day of May of this year one thousand four hundred twenty and nine, departed from the city the Bastard of Orleans, to repair to Blois in order to meet the
count de Clermont, the marshal of Saint Severe,
This same day again spoke the Pucelle to the
Monday the second day of May, the Pucelle quitted Orleans, being on horseback, and immediately went to inspect the bastilles and the camp of
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 thenselves 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
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,