Joan of Arc's Letter Shot Into Les Tourelles
May 5, 1429
"This letter written, Joan took an arrow, attached her missive to the end of it with a thread, and ordered an archer to shoot it among the English, crying 'Read; here is news!'"
Father Pasquerel testifying at Joan's Trial of Rehabilitation
You, men of England, who have no right in the kingdom of
France, the King of Heaven sends word to you, and commands by me, Joan the Maid, that you leave your fortresses and return to your own country. Otherwise I will
produce a clash of arms to be eternally
remembered. This is the third and last time I will write to you,
and I will not write to you any more. Jesus Maria
Joan the Maid
I would have sent you my letter more properly, but you
retain my heralds; you have detained my herald called Guienne.
Return him to me, and I will send you some your men, taken at the Battle of St. Loup;
for they are not all dead.