This is a letter sent to the citizens of Rheims on
August 5, 1429, while she was near the town of Provins with the
army during its march to Paris. The letter
refers to a new truce with
the Duke of Burgundy which she was none too pleased with, being
aware (no doubt) of the Duke's famous talent for duplicity. The previous month
she had sent a letter
proposing that a permanent peace with Burgundy
be established; but the fifteen-day truce which was settled upon
allow the Duke to stall for time. The Royal court accepted the plan
anyway, with the result that the English and Burgundians were able
to further prepare their forces.
On the reverse side the letter is addressed "To the loyal
French, bourgeois, [and] inhabitants of the city of Rheims" ["Aux
loiaulx franczois bourgeois habitans de la cite de Rains"].
An English translation is on the left; commentary on the right.
A transcription of the original language is also available.