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The processe of Irish affaires (beginning where Giraldus did end) vntill this present age, being a wit|nesse of sundrie things as yet fresh in memorie: which processe from henseforward is intituled the Chronicles of Ireland.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 _LEauing at the conquest of Ireland penned by Giraldus Cambrensis, we are now to pro|ceed in that which followeth: wherin our authour (as he himselfe writeth) vsed such notes as were written by one Philip Flats|burie, out of a certeine namelesse author, from this place vnto the yeare 1370: and we hauing none other helpe besides (ex|cept onelie Henrie of Marleborow) do set downe that which we find in our oft mentioned authour, and in the same Marleborow in all the whole discourse that followeth, except in some cer|teine particular places, where we shew from whense we haue drawne that which we write as occasion serueth.

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THE CHRONICLES of Ireland, &c.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 _HUgh de Lacie (of whom such me|morable mention is made hertofore) the rather to méet with such hurlie burlies as were like to put the state of the Irish coun|trie in danger, if the same were not the sooner brought to quiet, erected and built a number of castels and forts in places conuenientlie seated, well and sufficientlie garni|shed with men, munitions, and vittels, as one at A castell built at Derwath. Derwath, where diuerse of the Irish praied to be set on worke for wages. Lacie came sundrie times thither to further the woorke, full glad to sée them fall in vre with anie such exercise, wherein might they once begin to haue a delight, and [...]ast the swéetnesse of a true mans life, he thought it no small token of reformation: for which cause he visited them the off|ner, and merilie would command his gentlemen to giue the laborers example to take their tooles in hand, and to woorke a season, whilest the poore soules looking on might rest them. But this pastime grew to a tragicall end. For on a time, as each man was busilie occupied, some lading, some heauing, some plastering, some grauing, the generall also himselfe digging with a pickare: a desperat viliaine among them, whose toole the noble man vsed, espieng both his hands occupied, and his bodie inclining down|wards, still as he stroke watched when he so stooped, and with an are cleft his head in sunder, little estee|ming 1186 Lacie is trai|torouslie slaine. the torments that for this traitorous act insued. This Lacie was reputed to be the conqueror of Meth, for that he was the first that brought it to a|nie due order of obedience vnto the English power. His bodie the two archbishops, Iohn of Dublin, and Matthew of Cashill buried in the monasterie of Bectie, and his head in saint Thomas abbeie at Dublin.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 By occasion of this murther committed on the person of Hugh Lacie, Iohn Curcie, and Hugh La|cie the yoonger, with their assistants, did streight ex|ecution vpon the rebels; and preuenting euerie mis|chiefe yer it fell, staied the realme from vprores. Curcie and Hugh Lacis the yoonger kéepe the realme in quiet. 1199. King Iohn slaieth his ne| [...]hue Arthur. Thus they knitting themselues togither in friend|ship, continued in wealth and honor vntill the first yeare of king Iohns reigne, who succéeding his bro|ther king Richard, tooke his nephue Arthur, son to his brother Geffreie earle of Britaine, and dispat|ched him (some said) with his owne hands, because he knew what claime he made to the crowne, as des|cended of the elder brother. And therefore not onelie the French king, but also certeine lords of England and Ireland fauored his title: and when they vnder|stood that he was made awaie, they tooke it in mar|uelous euill part. And Curcie either of zeale to the Curcie v [...] reth displea|sant words as gainst [...]ing Iohn. truth, or parcialitie, abhorring such barbarous cru|eltie, whereof all mens eares werefull, spake blon|die words against king Iohn, which his lurking ad|uersaries (that laie readie to vndermine him) caught by the end, and vsed the same as a meane to lift him out of credit: which they did not onelie bring to passe, but also procured a commission to attach his bodie, and to send him ouer into England. Earle Curcie He is accused. mistrusting his part, and belike getting some inke|ling of their drift, kept himselfe aloofe, till Hugh La|cie lord iustice was faine to leuie an armie and to in|uade Ulster, from whense he was oftentimes put backe: wherevpon he proclaimed Curcie traitor, and hired sundrie gentlemen with promise of great He is proc [...] med traitor. recompense, to bring him in either quicke or dead. They fought once at Downe, in which battell there died no small number on both parts; but Curcie got the vpper hand, and so was the lord iustice foiled at Curcies hands: but yet so long he continued in practising to haue him, that at length Curcies owne captains were inueihed to betraie their owne mai|ster: insomuch that vpon Good fridaie, whilest the earle out of his armour visited barefooted certeine religious houses for deuotion sake, they laid for him, tooke him as a rebell, & shipped him ouer into Eng|land the next waie, where he was adiudged to perpe|tuall He is take [...] prison. One Seintleger addeth in his collec|tions (as Campion saith) that Lacie paied the trai|tors their monie, and foorthwith therevpon hanged them.

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