Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

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by Ronald Sutherland Gower
     
 

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2940019513093
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London, J. C. Nimmo
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CHAPTER II. THE DELIVER Y OF ORLEANS. TT will be now necessary to go back in our -- story to the commencement of the siege by the English of the town of Orleans, in order to understand the work which Joan of Arc had promised to accomplish. Orleans was the place of the utmost importance; not merely as being the second city in France, but as forming the ' tete du pont' for the passage of the river Loire. The French knew that were it to fall into the hands of the English the whole of France would soon become subject to the enemy. The town was strongly fortified ; huge towers of immense thickness, and three stories in height, surrounded by deep and wide moats, encircled the city. The only bridge then in existence was also strongly defended with towers, called ' Les Tour- nelles,' while at the end of the town side of the bridge were large 'bastilles,' powerful fortresses which dated from the year 1417, when Henry V. threatened Orleans after his triumphal march through Normandy. In 1421 the Orleanists defied the victor of Agincourt: again they were in the agony of a desperate defence against their invaders, ready to sustain all the horrors of a siege. Equally keen and determined were the English leaders to take Orleans, which they rightly considered as the key of what remained uncon- quered to them in France. Both countries looked anxiously on as the siege progressed. Salisbury commanded the English; he had been up to this point successful in taking all the places of importance in the neighbourhood of Orleans, and that portion of the valley of the Loire was commanded by his forces, both above and below Orleans. On the approach of the enemy, the inhabitants of Orleans turned out tostrengthen the outer fortifications, and to place cannon and catapults on the walls and rampar...

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