Footnote 244

From the testimony of the Count of Dunois on February 22, 1456 and the testimony of Pierre Milet on May 11, 1456. The latter remembered the following excerpt from this letter: "My Lord sends word to you that you should return to your own country; because such is His pleasure, otherwise I will make such a great disturbance for you..." ("Messire vous mande que vous en aliez en vostre pays; car c'est son plaisir, ou sinon je vous feray ung tel hahay..."); for the original, see DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 408; for translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 304).

Lord Dunois said "...she summoned the English, in a letter composed in her native dialect, in rather simple language, containing words to the effect that the English should agree to withdraw from the siege, and go [back] to the Kingdom of England; otherwise she would deal them such harm that they would be forced to withdraw. And this letter was sent to my lord Talbot, and I attest that from that hour the English, who with two hundred men could previously rout eight hundred or a thousand of the King's troops, after that point four or five hundred soldiers could fight against practically the entire strength of England..." (For the original, see DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 320.
For translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 245, and Pernoud's "The Retrial of Joan of Arc", pp. 122 - 123).


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