Date: 3 – 8 September 1429
Location: Paris, France
Outcome: English victory
English Leadership: Jean de Villiers, Simon Morhier
English Strength: 3,000 English
citizens of Paris
French Leadership: Charles VII, Jeanne d’Arc, Duke of Alençon, Gilles de Rais, Jean de Brosse
French Strength: 10,000
Casualties: 500 dead 1,000 wounded
The siege of Paris was an assault undertaken in 1429 by the French troops of the recently crowned King Charles VII, with the notable assistance of Jeanne d’Arc, to take the city held by the English and their Burgundian allies. The Armagnac French troops failed to enter Paris, defended by the governor Jean de Villiers de L’Isle-Adam and the provost Simon Morhier, with the support of much of the city’s population.
After Henry V of England entered Paris in 1420, the English administration was sympathetic to the citizens of Paris, confirming their former privileges and giving even new ones. The Parisians had accepted the English mostly by hatred of Charles VII1 and the Armagnac party, who threatened the many liberties that the city had obtained over the centuries.
After the battle of Montépilloy on 26 August 1429, Jeanne d’Arc and Duke John II of Alençon, took Saint-Denis, a town north of Paris. On August 28, Charles VII signed the truce of Compiègne which excepted from the armistice Saint-Denis (which was already taken), St. Cloud, Vincennes, Charenton and Paris.