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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 4 But before he came there, king Henrie know|ing all his enimies purposes, came the night before the daie of the battell to Newarke; and tarrieng there a little, went thrée miles further, and pitching his field, lodged there that night. The earle of Lin|colne certified of his comming, was nothing aba|shed, but kept still on his iournie; and at a little vil|lage called Stoke, nigh to the king and his armie, set downe his campe.The battell of Stoke. The next daie the king diuided his whole power into thrée battels, and after in good arraie approached nigh to the towne of Stoke. The earle likewise set foorth his armie, and incountring with the kings people in a faire plaine there, meet for the triall of such a conflict, set vpon them with a man|lie courage, desiring his soldiors to remember his honour and their owne liues.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 Then both the armies ioined and fought verie earnestlie, in so much that the Almains,The armies ioine. being tried and expert men of warre, were in all things, as well in strength as policie, equals and matches to the Englishmen. But as for Martine Sward their co|ronell, few of the Englishmen,Martine Sward a péerelesse warrior. either in valiant cou|rage, or strength, and nimblenesse of bodie was to him comparable. On the other side, the Irishmen, although they fought manfullie, and stucke to it va|liantlie; yet bicause they were (after the maner of their countrie) almost naked, without anie conuena|ble furniture of armour, they were striken downe and slaine like dull & brute beasts, which was a great discouragement to the residue of the companie. Thus they fought for a space so sore and so egerlie on both parts, that no man could well iudge to whome the victorie was like to incline.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 But at length the kings fore-ward being full of people, and well fortified with wings,The kings power ouer|commeth. which onelie both began and continued the fight, set vpon the ad|uersaries with such force and violence, that first they oppressed and killed such capiteins, one by one, as re|sisted their might and puissance: and after that, put all the other to flight, the which were either apprehen|ded as prisoners in their running awaie, or else EEBO page image 767 slaine and brought vnto confusion in a small mo|ment. Now when this battell was ended, and fought out to the extremitie, then it well appeared, what high prowesse, what manfull stomachs, what hardie and couragious hearts rested in the kings aduersaries. For there the cheefe capteins, the earle of Lincolne, and the lord Louell,All the cap|tein [...] of the aduerse part against the king slaine. sir Thomas Broughton, Mar|tine Sward, and the lord Gerardine capteine of the Irishmen were slaine, and found dead in the verie places which they had chosen aliue to fight in, not gi|uing one foot of ground to their aduersaries.

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