Footnote 398

Louis de Coutes says that she asked Dunois for a more substantial assault, but he refused ("Jehanne went before the Lord Bâtard d'Orléans, and spoke with him; and upon returning she was greatly angered because, as she said, it had been determined that they would not launch an assault that day". For a transcription of the original language, see Quicherat's "Procès...", Vol III, p. 68); DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 363. For translations, see: Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 274).

The minor assault which did take place that day was described by the "Journal du Siège d'Orléans": "La Hire, my lord Florent d'Illiers, and many other knights and squires of the garrison sortied forth with some of the citizens and charged, banners flying, upon the English troops, such that they forced them to withdraw, and captured the place where they kept watch at the location of St-Pouair, two bow-shots from the town. For which reason, at that hour the cry went up throughout the city that everyone should bring straw and bundles of sticks to set fire to the lodgings of the English... but they did nothing, because the English sent up horrible shouts and assembled in formation. And as a result the French turned back, although before their withdrawal there had been a sharp and lengthy skirmish during which the cannons, culverins and bombards fired to an amazing degree, so that many were killed, wounded, and taken prisoner on both sides." (for a transcription of the original language, see Quicherat's "Procès...", Vol IV, p. 154.)


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