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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 he 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
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 procure his peace with the king; and she promised him the same, upon this proviso, that he would swear, before herself and the 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 trúce, 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 posséssion 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,