Footnote 309

Among the sources on this point are the following:

From the testimony of a citizen of Orleans named Jean de Champeaulx, who testified on March 16, 1456 ("...and it was asked of Jehanne if it would be proper to fight against the English that day, which was Sunday; she replied that it was necessary to hear Mass. And then she sent them to find a table, and had them bring the ecclasiastic ornaments and celebrate two masses there, which she and the entire army heard with great devotion. Having celebrated Mass, she said that they should look to see if the English were facing them, and they replied no; they were instead facing towards the fortress of Mehun [Meung-sur-Loire]. Having heard this she said, 'In God's name, they are going; let them leave, and let us go give thanks to God and not pursue them any further, for it's Sunday.'") [see DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, pp. 335 - 336; Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", pp. 257 - 258.]

From the testimony of the Count of Dunois on February 22, 1456 ("...However, she did not wish for anyone to assault the English at that time... but that they should be permitted to leave; and in fact they left without anyone pursuing them. From that hour the town was liberated from its enemies.") [see DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 321; Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 246; Pernoud's "The Retrial of Joan of Arc", p. 124.]

From the "Journal of the Siege of Orleans" ("Whereupon the Maid... and many other valiant men of war and citizens went out of Orleans in great strength and placed and ranged themselves before them in ordered battle. And at some points were very near to each other for the space of an hour without touching each other. Which thing the French submitted to with a very ill grace, obeying the will of the Maid, who commanded and forbade that for love and honour of the holy Sunday, they begin not the battle nor make assault on the English; but if the English attacked them let them defend themselves strongly and boldly and let them have no fear, and they would be the masters. The hour being passed, the English set off and marched away, well ordered in their ranks, into Meung-sur-Loire, and raised and utterly abandoned the siege which they had maintained before Orleans since the twelfth day of October 1428 until that day.") [see "Joan of Arc By Herself and Her Witnesses" pp. 92 - 93.]

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