The Holinshed Project

Holinshed Project Home

The Texts

Previous | Next

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 Anno Reg. 14.In this yeare the warre had like to haue béene reuiued betwixt the realmes of England and Scot|land by a small occasion,England and Scotland lik|lie to go togi|ther by the eares a [...]resh. as thus. Certeine yongmen of the Scots came arriued before Norham castell, & beheld it woonderous circumspectlie, as though they would faine haue béene of counsell to know what was doone the rein. The kéepers not perceiuing anie damage attempted against them for the first time, determined not to mooue anie question to them, or once to stirre out. But when they came againe the next day, and viewed it likewise, the kéepers of the castell suspecting some euill meaning, demanded of them what their intent was, and why they viewed and aduised so the castell. The Scots answered them roughlie with disdainfull words, so that the English|men fell to and replied with strokes; and after manie blowes giuen and receiued, diuerse Scots were wounded, and some slaine; and the residue ouermat|ched with multitude of the Englishmen, fled as fast as their horsses could carie them.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 The Scotish king hereof aduertised, was highlie displeased, and in all hast signified to king Henrie by his herald Marchemont, in what sort his people (to the breach of the truce) were abused and handled. King Henrie being not in will to breake with anie of his neighbours, excused the matter, affirming that he was not of knowledge to the misdemeanor of those that had the castell in kéeping; requiring the king of Scots not to thinke the truce broken for a|nie thing doone without his consent; promising in the word of a king to inquire of the truth, and if the of|fense were found to be begun on the partie of the kéepers of the castell, he assured him that they should for no meed nor fauour escape due correction and pu|nishment.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 This answer (though it was more than reasona|ble) could not pacifie the king of Scots,The bishop of Durham as|swageth the kings displea|sure by leters. till the bi|shop of Durham (that was owner of the castell of Norham) who sore lamented, that by such as he ap|pointed kéepers there, the warre should be renewed) with sundrie letters written to the Scotish king, at length asswaged his displeasure, so that the said king wrote courteouslie to the bishop againe, signifieng that bicause he had manie secret things in his mind, which he would communicate onelie with him tou|ching this matter now in variance; therefore he re|quired him to take the paine to come into his coun|trie, trusting that he should thinke his labor well be|stowed. The bishop was glad, and sent word hereof to the king his master, who willed him to accomplish the desire of the Scotish king, which he tooke to bee reasonable.

Previous | Next