The Maid of France; Being the Story of the Life and Death of Jeanne Da Rc

The Maid of France; Being the Story of the Life and Death of Jeanne Da Rc

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...agree that it was a failure only redeemed by the splendid courage and tenacity of the Maid. On few other points is there agreement. We shall prefer the evidence of Jeanne herself, and of a cool observer within the walls of Paris. By both sides in the struggle there was an exhibition of the absent-minded fashion in which war was understood. "The Maid was never consulted," says a recent historian. On this occasion she manifestly was not obeyed, for she understood war better than the leaders, as will be shown. The citizens and clergy of Paris had been sworn by Bedford to loyalty on July 14, and again by the Chancellor of France under Bedford, Louis de Luxembourg, on August 26. Yet we have already seen that the members of the town militia did not begin to fortify their gates and outworks till early in September. On September 7 the Anglo-Burgundian Government raised money from the burgesses and ecclesiastics for the payment of the garrison, which appears to have been mainly Burgundian. A considerable garrison there must have been; but even this is denied by a Burgundian writer, the "Bourgeois de Paris." D'Alengon had summoned the chief citizens by name to surrender, but they laughed at his letter. If we follow a Burgundian narrator, then in the city, the force of the King, under d'Alengon, de Laval, de Gaucourt, d'Albret, de Rais, Boussac, and the rest, consisted of 12,000 men, who certainly did not all come into action. They had great quantities of waggons, charged with faggots and other things wherewith to fill up the moat; but it is certain that, by a strange ignorance of war, the attack was made only at one point, between the gates St. Honore " and St. Denys. We hear of no attack, or even feint elsewhere, though d'Alengon had bridged the more

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  • English
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