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: "[...]long, and refused to spare the people unless the six chief men of Calais would come out bareheaded and bare-footed, with ropes round their necks and the keys of Calais in their hands, ready to die for the rest of the people. The governor returned sad and sick at heart, and calling the people together he gave them the kingâs message. There was silence for a moment among the feeble few. Then the hero Eustace de St. Pierre cried: âOh! never be it said, That the loyal hearts of Calais To die could be afraid! I will be the first, I will willingly give myself up to the mercy of the King of England.â Then five others followed his brave example, and the willing captives came before the angry king. They knelt and pleaded for mercy. But in vain. In vain the lords around him begged him to restrain[...]".