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23.1. The forme of proclaming the foresaid peace betweene the parties at hostilitie.

The forme of proclaming the foresaid peace betweene the parties at hostilitie.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 _THe most mightie princesse, Eliza|beth by the grace of God, queene of England, France, & Ireland, defender of the faith, &c: and the most christian king, Francis and Marie, by the same grace of God king and queene of France and Scotland: haue accorded vpon a reconciliation of a peace and ami|tie to be inuiolablie kept, betwixt them, their subiects, kingdomes and countries. And therfore in their names it is strictlie commanded to all maner of persons borne vnder their obeisances, or being in their seruice, to forbeare all hostilitie either by sea or land, & to keepe good peace each with other from this time forwards, as they will answer therevnto at their vttermost perils.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Immediatlie after this proclamation was ended, sir Francis Leake and sir Gerueis Clifton were brought to monsieur Doisels lodging,Sir Francis Leake and sir Gerueis Clifton ban|ketted by monsieur Doisell. where was prepared for them a great banket of thirtie or fortie dishes: and yet not one either of flesh or fish, sauing one of the flesh of a powdred horsse, as a certeine per|son hath written that tasted thereof, as he himselfe auoucheth. ¶ Héere then we sée the course of war, the end whereof of necessitie must be peace. For when both parts are either wearied, weakened, slaughte|red, or so discomfited, as that they be constreined to surceasse, least they be slaine euerie mothers sonne: then peace is sought, and hard conditions receiued rather than it shall be refused. O that it were Gods will (saith Schardus writing of the accidents happe|ning in the yeare 1570, Schardius in rebus gestis su [...] imperatore Maximiliano secundo. which all men counted a for|tunate and blessed yeare, albeit famine, the Turkish warre, the pestilence, and most cruell ouerflowings of waters did then outragiouslie take on: bicause thrée verie gréeuous warres, namelie the first of the Polanders against the Muscouits, the second of France within it selfe by ciuill dissention, & the third betwéene the Sweueners and the Danes, were then finished) O that it were Gods will (saith he) that EEBO page image 1193 kings and princes would be admonished by exam|ples in due time to consult of peace, and to make much thereof, rather than after manie calamities susteined and taken, to thinke how beneficiall and pretious it is. Then should they without séeking or sweating inioy those things which to obteine they vndertake great voiages, and yet nothing neere their purpose without much bloudshed, slaughter, and wastfulnesse; as sometime verie wiselie said Cyneas to Pyrrhus, disuading him from the Italish warre: and as one both learnedlie and fitlie writeth, saieng:

Hic est perpetuus saeclorum lusus & vsus,
Ludendi vt faciat consumpta pecunia finem:
Sic vbi vastatae gentes lachrymantur & vrbes,
Aurea tum demum feruntur foedera pacis.
Heu quanto satius foret haec praeuertere damna!
Atque animos hominum saluis coalescere rebus!]

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Thus haue I béene more large in this matter concerning the siege of Leith,Whie this historiogra|pher is so large in the description of this siege of Leith. than may be thought peraduenture necessarie, sith the thing is yet fresh in memorie: but bicause there came to my hands cer|teine notes of one or two persons that were there present, and for helpe of their owne memories wrote the same, I haue thought it not impertinent to insert the effect of them, that the same may serue to further those that hereafter shall write the historie of this time more at large, sith my purpose is not to conti|nue the same otherwise than I find things noted in the abridgements of Iohn Stow and Richard Graf|ton: except in some recitall of expeditions and iour|nies made, as this, and other into Scotland, and that same of the right honourable the earle of Warwike into Normandie, which I haue thought good to in|large, according to such notes as haue come to my hand, beseeching the readers to accept the same in good part: and if anie thing be omitted, either in this place or anie other, that were as necessarie to be spo|ken of, as those points which I haue touched, or after|wards may touch, to impute the fault to the want of good instructions, and not to anie negligence or lacke of good will in me to aduance euerie mans worthie dooings according to his merits.

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