The Holinshed Project

Holinshed Project Home

The Texts

Previous | Next

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Prior Iehan kéeping him still within his hold, Anno Reg. 5. as a prisoner in a dungeon, did yet sometime send out his small foists to make a shew before the Eng|lish nauie, which chased them to the baie. But bicause the English ships were mightie vessels, they could not enter the baie: and therefore the lord admerall caused certeine boats to be manned foorth, which tooke one of the best foists that Prior Iehan had, and that with great danger: for the gallies and bulworks shot so freshlie all at one instant, that it was mar|uell how the Englishmen escaped. The lord admerall perceiuing that the Frenchmen would not come a|broad, called a councell, wherein it was determined,A consultati [...] about the as|saulting of Prior Ieh [...] that first they would assaile Prior Iehan and his gal|lies lieng in Blanke sable baie, and after to set on the residue of the French fléet in the hauen of Brest. Then first it was appointed, that the lord Ferrers, sir Stephan Bull, and other, should go ala [...]d with a conueuient number to assault the bulworkes, while the admerall entered with row barges and little gallies into the baie, and so should the Frenchmen be assailed both by water and land.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 The lord admerall by the counsell of a Spanish knight called sir Alfonse Charant, affirming that he might enter the baie with little ieopardie, called to him William Fitz Williams, William Cooke, Iohn Colleie, and sir Wolstan Browne, as his chéefe and most trustie fréends, making them priuie to his intent; which was to take on him the whole en|terprise, with their assistance. And so on S. Markes daie, which is the fiue and twentith of Aprill, the said admerall put himselfe in a small row barge, appoin|ting thrée other small rowing ships, and his owne ship bote to attend him;The adme|rall roweth into the baie where the Prior laie. and therewith vpon a sud|den rowed into the baie, where Prior Iehan had moored vp his gallies iust to the ground: which gal|lies with the bulworkes on the land, shot so terriblie, that they that followed were afraid. But the adme|rall passed forward, & as soone as he came to the gal|lies, he entered & droue out the Frenchmen. Willi|am Fitz Williams within his ship was sore hurt with a quarell. The baie was shallow, and the other ships could not enter, for the tide was spent.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Which thing the Frenchmen perceiuing, they en|tered the gallies againe with moris pikes, and fought with the English in the gallies. The admerall per|ceiuing their approch, thought to haue entred againe into his row barge, which by violence of the tide was driuen downe the streame, and with a pike he was EEBO page image 817 throwne ouer the boord,Sir Edward and Howard admerall drowned. and so drowned, and also the forenamed Alfonse was there slaine: all the other boates and vessels escaped verie hardlie awaie: for if they had taried, the tide had failed them, and then all had béene lost. The lord Ferrers and the other capteins were right sorowfull of this chance: but when there was no remedie, they determined not to attempt anie further, till they might vnderstand the kings pleasure, and so they returned into Eng|land.

Previous | Next