Footnote 642

From "Journal du Siège d'Orléans": "And this same day [May 4] after noon, the Maiden [sic - others say that she didn't come to the battle area until later] and the Bâtard d'Orléans left the city, bringing great numbers of nobles and around fifteen hundred combatants in their contingents, and they went to attack the fortress of Saint-Loup, where they encountered great opposition, for the English, who had strongly fortified it, defended it most valliantly for the three hours that the bitter assault lasted, although in the end the French took it by storm, and killed 114 Englishmen, and captured and brought away forty prisoners into their town... the detachment [of the English] in the fortress of Saint-Pouair sortied forth in great strength during this assault, with the intention of aiding their troops: of which those of Orléans were warned by the watch tower's bell, which rang twice; for which the Marshal of Saint-Sévère, the Lord of Graville, the Baron of Coulences, and many other knights and squires, soldiers and citizens, totaling 600 combatants, quickly sortied forth from Orléans and took to the fields in good order and formation against the English, who abandoned their undertaking and the aid of their comrades when they saw the manner of the French... and turned back to their fortress dismayed and angered..." (for the original language, see Quicherat's "Procès...", Vol IV, p. 157).

Chronique de la Pucelle: "During [the attack on Saint-Loup's bell tower], Talbot ordered the English to sortie forth in strength from the other fortresses, to aid his troops; but at this same point all the [French] commanders had sortied forth from Orléans with their troops, who arrayed themselves in ordered divisions in the fields between the besieged fortress and the other English fortifications, waiting there to fight the English. But the Lord of Talbot, seeing this, ordered the English to withdraw back to their fortresses, abandoning the English troops in the fortress of Saint-Loup, who were subdued by force, near evening." (for the original language, see Quicherat's "Procès...", Vol IV, p. 224).

From the document known as "Chronique de l'Établissement de la Fête": "And when this [the attack on St. Loup] was seen by the other English - that is to say the aforesaid Talbot and the other English commanders - [troops under] five to six standards sortied out of their fortresses to try to break the siege of Saint-Loup... and at that point, every man sortied forth from Orléans to go surround the English; but seeing this, they [the English] retreated in great haste into their fortresses." (for the original language, see Quicherat's "Procès...", Vol V, pp. 291 - 292).

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