Footnote 239

These 15th century sources include:

Lord Gaucourt's testimony on February 25, 1456: the record notes that he confirmed Lord Dunois' description of the wind changing, and added that she had predicted that the wind would change shortly (for the original language, see DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 327; for translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 250).

"Chronique de la Pucelle": "The people of the town [of Orléans] immediately prepared and equipped boats to come get all the aforesaid provisions; but ... the wind was contrary: now, they couldn't make it upriver because they weren't able to move the boats except by sail power. This was told to Jehanne, who said, 'Wait a bit, for in God's name, all will enter the town.' And suddenly the wind changed, so that the boats arrived easily and swiftly to the spot where Jehanne was." (for the original language, see Quicherat's "Procès...", Vol IV, p. 218).

The document which Quicherat labeled "Chronique de l'Établissement de la Fête" says: "And as the people of Orléans realized she was coming, they were extremely joyful and arranged for chalans [a type of river boat] in large numbers to be prepared; and the river was then up to its banks; and additionally the wind, which was blowing in the wrong direction, changed ... such that one chalan pulled two or three chalans, which was an astonishing thing..." (for the original language, see Quicherat's "Procès...", Vol V, p. 290).

Jean Pasquerel gave what seems to be either a different version, or a different dimension to the event, saying that the low water level of the river prevented the boats from moving, until the water suddenly rose ("However, the river was then low enough so that the ships could neither make headway, nor come up to the riverbank where the French were; and suddenly the water rose, so that the ships could come up to the soldiers; into which ships Jehanne and some soldiers entered and went to the town of Orléans." (For the original, see DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, pp. 391 - 392; for translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", pp. 292 - 293; and Pernoud's "The Retrial of Joan of Arc", p. 163.)


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