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cated to me by an Archer of the Scottish Guard."
CHAPTER XXXVII. However that may be," answered Louis, “I pray
THE SALLY. you, fair cousin, you and your captains, to attend, that to prevent the unpleasing consequences of such an He looked, and gaw what numbers numberless attack, should it be made unexpectedly, I will cause
The city-gates out-pour'd. - Paradise Regatnet. my soldiers to wear white scarfs over their armour- A DEAD silence soon reigned over that great host Dunois, see it given out on the instant-that is,”, he which lay in leaguer before Liege. For a long time added, "if our brother and general approves of it.”. the cries of the soldiers repeating their signals, and
I see no objection," replied the Duke, "if the seeking to join their several banners, sounded like the chivalry of France are willing to run the risk of howling of bewildered dogs seeking their masters. having the name of Knights of the Smock-sleeve But at length, overcome with weariness by the fa. bestowed on them in future."
tigues of the day, the dispersed soldiers crowded “It would be a right well adapted title, friend under such shelter as they could meet with, and Charles,” said Le Glorieux, "considering that a those who could find none, sunk down through very woman is the reward of the most valiant."
fatigue, under walls, hedges, and such temporary pro "Well spoken, Sagacity," said Louis—"Cousin, tection, there to wait for morning,
-a morning which good-night, I will go arm me.-By the way, what if some of them were never 10 behold. A dead sleep win the Countess with mine own hand ?!!
fell on almost all, excepting those who kept a faint "Your Majesty," said the Duke, in an altered tone and weary watch by the lodgings of the King and the of voice, "must then become a true Fleming." Duke. The dangers and hopes of the morrow-even
"I cannol," answered Louis, in a tone of the most the schemes of glory which many of the young nosincere confidence, " be more so than I am already, bility had founded upon the splendid prize held out could I but bring you, my dear cousin, to believe it." to him who should avenge the murdered Bishop of
The Duke only replied by wishing the King good- Liege-glided from their recollection as they lay stunigh!, in a tone resembling the sport of a shy horse, pified with fatigue and sleep. But not so with Quenstarting from the caress of the rider when he is about tin Durward. The knowledge that be alone was to mount, and is soothing him to stand still. possessed of the means of distinguishing La Marck
"I could pardon all his duplicity," said the Duke in the contest-the recollection by whom that informto Crèvecæur, “but cannot forgive bis supposing me ation had been communicated, and the fair augury capable of the gross folly of being duped by his pro- which might be drawn from her conveying it to him fessions."
-the thought that his fortune had brought him to a Louis, too, had his confidences with Oliver le Dain most perilous and doubtful crisis indeed, but one where when he returned to his own quarters. —"This $cot," there was still, at least, a chance of his coming of he said, "is such a mixture of shrewdness and sim- triumphant, banished every desire to sleep, and strung plicity, that I know not what to make of him. Pas- his nerves with vigour, which defied fatigue. ques-dicu! think of his unpardonable folly in bring- Posted, by the King's express order, on the extreme ing out honest De la Marck's plan of a sally before point between the French quarters and the town, a the face of Burgundy, Crèvecæur, and all of them, good way to the right of the suburb which we have instead of rounding it in my ear, and giving me at mentioned, he sharpened his eye to penetrate the mass least the choice of abetting or defeating it!! which lay before him, and excited his ears, to catch
"It is better as it is, Sire," said Oliver; "there are the slightest sound which might announce any commany in your present train who would scruple to motion in the beleaguered city. But its huge clocks assail Burgundy undefied, or to ally themselves with had successively knelled three hours after midnight De la Marck."
and all continued still and silent as the grave. "Thou art right, Oliver. Such fools there are in At length, and just when Quentin began to think the world, and we have no time to reconcile their the attack would be deferred ti!l daybreak, and joyful scruples by a little dose of self-interest. We must be ly recollected that there would be then light enough true men, Oliver, and good allies of Burgundy, for to descry the Bar Sinister across the Fleur-de-lis of this night at least,-time may give us a chance of a Orleans, he thought he heard in the city a humming better game. Go, tell no man to unarm himself; and murmur, like that of disturbed bees mustering for the let them shoot, in case of necessity, as sharply on defence of their hives. He listened-the noise conthose who cry France and St. Denis ! as if they tinued ; but it was of a character
so undistinguished cried Hell and Satan! I will myself sleep in my by any peculiar or precise sound, that it Inighi be the armour. Let Crawford place Quentin Durward on murmur of a wind rising among the boughs of a disthe extreme point of our line of sentinels, next to the tant grove, or perhaps some stream swollen by the city: Let him e'en have the first benefit of the sally late rain, which was discharging itself into the which he has announced to us—if his luck bear him sluggish Maes with more than usual clamour, Quenout, it is the better for him. But take an especial tin was prevented by these considerations from in care of Martius Galeotti, and see he remain in the stantly giving the alarm, which, if done carelessly, rear, in a place of the most absolute safety-he is would have been a heavy offence. even but too venturous; and, like a fool, would be racteristic, seemed also extremely suspicious that the king both swordsman and philosopher. See to these would desert him and join with the Liegeois. things, Oliver, and good-night-Our Lady of Clery, "They lay before the town for five or six days, and at length and Monseigneur Saint Martin of Tours, be gracious fixed the 20th of October, 1468, for a general storm The citizens,
who had probably information of their intent, resolved to pre to my slumbers !''*
vent their purpose, and determined on aaticipating it by a des * Attack upon Liege. - The Duke of Burgundy, full of resent. perate sally through the breaches in their walls. They placed ment for the usage which the Bishop had received from the at their head six hundred of the men of the little territory of people of Liege, (whose death, as already noticed, did not take Franchemont, belonging to the Bishopric of Liege, and reckonplace for some years after,) and knowing that the walls of the ed the most valiant of their troops. They burst out of the town had not been repaired since they were breached by him town on a sudden, surprised the Duke of Burgundy's quarters self after the battle of Saint Tron, advanced recklessly
to their ere his guards could put on their armour, which they bad laid chastisement. His commanders shared his presumptuous con- off to enjoy some repose before the assault. The King o! fidence ; for the advanced guard of his army, under the Mare- France's lodgings were also attacked and endangered. A great chal of Burgundy and Seigneur D'Hymbercourt, rushed upon confusion ensued, augmented incalculably by the mutaal jee. one of the suburbs, without waiting for the rest of their army, lousy, and suspicious of the French and Burgundians
The which, commanded by the Duke in person, remained about people of Liege were, however, unable to maintain their bardy seven or eight leagues in the rear. The night was closing, and, enterprice, when the men-at-arms of the
King and Duke began as the Burgundian troops observed no discipline, they were ex. to recover from their
confusion, and were finally
forced to re posed to a sudden attack from a party of the citizens command tire within their walls, after narrowly missing the chance of ed by Jean de Vilde, who, assaulting them in front and rear, surprising both King Louis and the Duke of Burgundy, the most threw them into great disorder, and killed more than eight powerful Princes of their time. At daybreak the storm took hundred men, of whom one hundred were men-at-arms. place, as had been originally intended, and the citizens, dis
When Charles and the King of France came up, they took up heartened and fatigued by the nocturnal sally, did not make se their quarters in two villas situated near to the wall of the city much resistance as was expected. Liege was taken, and mine In the two or three days which followed, Louis was distinguish: rably pillaged, without regard to sex or age, thingi saared or ed for the quiet and regulated composure with which he pressed things profane. These particulars are fully related by Comises the siege, and provided for defence in case of sallies; while
the in his Memoirs, liv. ii. chap. 11, 12, 13, and do not differ much Duke of Burgundy, no way deficient in courage, and who show from the acconut of the same events in this and the preceding ed the rehnen and want or order which was his principal cha-chapter.
mace-only, if yon be thou, thou art bigger than thou iron in his hand, before which every thing seemed to art wont to be. Art thou sure yonder armed leader go down, and was so much covered with blood, that is not thy wraith,
to discern those bearings call it?"
on his shield which had so much incensed Dunois. "My wraith!” said Dunois ; "I know not what Quentin now found little difficulty in singling him you mean. But yonder is a catiff with my bearings out; for the commanding situation of which he had displayed on crest and shield, whom I will presently possessed himself, and the use he made of his terrible punish for his insolence."
mace, caused many of the assailants to seek safer "In the name of all that is noble
, my lord, leave points of attack than that where so desperate a dethe vengeance to me!" said Quentin.
fender presented himself. But Quentin, to whom "To thee indeed, young man ?" said Dunois ; "that the importance attached to victory over this formidis a modest request.-No-these things brook no sub-able antagonist was better known, sprung from his stitution." -Then turning on his saddle, he called out horse at the bottom of the breach, and, letting the to those around him, "Gentlemen of France, form noble animal, the gift of the Duke of Orleans, run your line, level your lances ! Let the rising sunbeams loose through the tumult, ascended the ruins to meashine through the battalions of yonder swine of Liege sure swords with the Boar of Ardennes. The latter, and hogs of Ardennes, that masquerade in our ancient as if he had seen his intention, turned towards Durcoats.
ward with mace uplifted; and they were on the point The men-at-arms answered with a loud shout of of encounter, when a dreadful shout of triumph, of "A Dunois! a Dunois !-Long live the bold Bastard ! tumult, and of despair, announced that the besiegers -Orleans to the rescue !"-And, with their leader in were entering the city at another point, and in the the centre, they charged at full gallop. They
encoun- rear of those who defended the breach. Assembling tered no timid enemy. The large body which they around him, by voice and bugle, the desperate partcharged, consisted (excepting some mounted officers) ners of his desperate fortune, De la Marek, at those entirely of infantry, who, setting the butt of their lan- appalling sounds, abandoned the breach, and endeaces against their feet, the front rank kneeling, the voured to effect his retreat towards a part of the city second stooping, and those behind presenting their from which he might escape to the other side of the spears over their heads, offering such resistance to Maes. His immediate followers formed a deep body the rapid charge of the men-at-arms as the hedge- of well-disciplined men, who, never having given hog presents to his enemy, Few were able to make quarter, were resolved now not to ask it, and who, way through that iron wall; but of those few was in that hour of despair, threw themselves into such Dunois, who, giving spur to his horse, and making firm order, that their front occupied the whole breadth the noble animal leap more than twelve feet at å of the street, through which they slowly retired, makbound, fairly broke his way into the middle of the ing head from time to time, and checking the purphalanx, and made towards the object of his animo- suers, many of whom began to seek a safer occupasity. What was his surprise to find Quentin still by tion, by breaking into the houses for plunder. It is his side, and fighting in the same front with himself therefore probable
that De la Marck might have ef-youth, desperate courage, and the determination to fected his escape, his disguise concealing him from do or die, having still kept the youth abreast with the those who promised themselves to win honour and best knight in Europe; for such was Dunois reported, grandeur upon his head, but for the stanch pursuit of and truly reported, at the period.
Quentin, his uncle Le Balafré, and some of his comTheir spears were soon broken; but the lanz- rades. At every pause which was made by the lanzknechts were unable to withstand the blows of their knechts, a furious combat took place betwixt them long heavy swords; while the horses and riders, and the Archers, and in every melée Quentin sought armed in complete steel, sustained little injury from De la Marck; but the latter, whose present object their lances. Still Dunois and Durward were con- was to retreat, seemed to evade the young Scot's tending with rival efforts to burst forward to the spot purpose of bringing him to single combat. The conwhere he who had usurped the armorial bearings of fusion was general in every direction. The shrieks Dunois was doing, the duty of a good and valiant and cries of women, the yelling of the terrified inleader, when Dunois, observing the boar's-head and habitants, now subjected to the extremity of military tusks--the
usual bearing of William de la Marck-in license, sounded horribly shrill amid the shouts of another part of the conflict, called out to Quentin, battle, -- like the voice of misery and despair contend"Thou art
worthy to avenge the arms of Orleans ! ing with that of fury and violence, which should be I leave thee the task.–Balafré, support your nephew; heard farthest and loudest. but let none dare to interfere with Dunois' boar-hunt! It was just when De la Marck, retiring through
That Quentin Durward joyfully acquiesced in this this infernal scene, had passed the door of a small division of labour cannot be doubted, and each press- chapel of peculiar sanctity, that the shouts of "France! ed forward upon his separate object, followed, and France !-Burgundy! Burgundy!" apprized him that defended from behind, by such men-at-arms as were a part of the besiegers were entering the farther end able to keep up with them.
of the street, which was a narrow one, and that his But at this moment the column which
De la Marck retreat was cut off. - "Comrade," he said, "take all had proposed to support, when his own course was the men with you-Charge yonder fellows roundly, arrested by the charge of Dunois, had lost all the ad- and break through if you can-with me it is over. vantages they had gained during the night; while am man enough, now that I am brought to bay, to the Burgundians, with returning day, had begun to send some of these vagabond Scots to hell before me." show the qualities which belong to superior discipline. His lieutenant obeyed, and, with most of the few The great mass of Liegeois were compelled to retreat, lanzknechts who remained alive, hurried to the farand at length to fly; and, falling back on those who ther end of the street, for the purpose of charging were engaged with the French men-at-arms, the those Burgundians who were advancing, and so whole became a confused tide of fighters, fiers, and forcing their way, so as to escape. About six of De pursuers, which rolled itself towards the city-walls, la Marck's
best men remained to perish with their and at last was poured into the ample and undefend- master, and fronted the Archers, who were not many ed breach through which the Liegeois had sallied. more in number.-"Sanglier! Sanglier! Hola! gen
Quentin made more than human exertions to over-tlemen of Scotland," said the ruffian but undaunted take the special object of his pursuit, who was still chief, waving his mace, "who longs to gain a coroin his sight, striving, by voice and example, to renew net-who strikes at the Boar of Ardennes ?-You, the battle, and bravely supported by a chosen party young man, have, methinks, a hankering; but you of lanzkrechts. Le Balafré, and several of his com- must win ere you wear it.” rades, attached themselves to Quentin, much mar- Quentin heard but imperfectly the words, which velling at the extraordinary gallantry displayed by so were partly lost in the hollow helmet; but the action young a soldier. On the very brink of the breach, could not be mistaken, and he had but time to bid De la Marck-for it was himself-succeeded in effect- his uncle and comrades, as they were gentlemen, to ing a momentary stand, and repelling some of the stand back, when De la Marck sprung upon him most forward of the pursuers. He had a mace of l with a bound like a tiger, aiming at the same time a