Thursday, November 3, 2011

Joan of Arc Siege of Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier

November 4, 1429 – Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier.

At length Joan obtained Charles' permission to attack La Charite, where the enemy were in force, and from whence they threatened the French forts on the Loire. At Bourges she assembled a few troops, and in company with the Sire d'Albret she laid siege to Saint Pierre-leMoutier. Then, although feebly supported, Joan led the first column of attack. This attacking column might have been called a forlorn hope, so few men had she with her. The little party were repulsed, and at one moment her squire, d'Aulon, saw that his brave mistress was fighting alone, surrounded by the English. At great peril she was rescued from the melee.

Asked how she could hope to succeed in taking the place with hardly any support, she answered, while she raised her helmet, 'There are fifty thousand of my host around me,' alluding to the vision of angels that in moments of extreme peril she relied on. D'Aulon in vain urged her to beat a retreat, and retire to a place of safety; she insisted on renewing the attack, and gave orders for crossing the moat on logs and fascines. A roughly constructed bridge over the fosse was then made, and after a desperate struggle the fortress was taken.

This occurred early in the month of November (1429). A few years ago a stainedglass window commemorative of the Maid of Orleans having saved the church in Saint Pierre-le-Moutier (it had been converted by the besieged into a warehouse for the goods and chattels of the citizens) was placed in the building she had preserved from destruction.

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc, Date: between 1450 and 1500. Medium: Oil on canvas. Current location: Centre Historique des Archives Nationales, Paris. Accession number: AE II 2490. Notes: Miniature.

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TEXT CREDIT: Joan of Arc, Author: Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower. Publisher: J. C. Nimmo, 1893 Original from: Harvard University. Digitized: May 13, 2008. Length: 334 pages.

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