Magna Britannia;: Cumberland

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T. Cadell and W. Davies in the Strand., 1816 - England
 

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Page 13 - It is this day ordered by his Majesty, with the advice of the Board, that Archibald Armstrong, the King's fool, for certain scandalous words of a high nature spoken by him against the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury his Grace, and proved to be uttered by him by two witnesses, shall have his coat pulled over his head, and be discharged of the King's service, and banished the Court...
Page 56 - On every day they made an attack on some one of the three gates of the city, and sometimes on all three together ; but not with impunity, for darts, arrows, and stones, as well then as at other times, were cast down upon them from the walls in so great an abundance, that they questioned among themselves, whether the stones did not increase and multiply within the walls.
Page 56 - Scotts applied many long ladders which they had brought with them for the purpose of ascending the wall in the same manner in different places, and a sow for undermining the wall of the city, if they found it practicable, but neither the sow nor the ladders availed them anything. They also made bundles of straw and grass in great abundance to fill up the moat without the wall, on the east side, in order to pass over it dry ; they also made long wooden bridges running on wheels, that being drawn forcibly...
Page 59 - ... few were wounded. Thereupon, on the eleventh day, that is to say, on the feast of St. Peter ad Vincula, the Scots either because they heard of the approach of the English to raise the siege or because they despaired of making any further progress, early in the morning returned into their own lands in confusion, leaving behind them all their warlike engines above mentioned. Certain English pursuing them took John de Moray, who in the beforementioned battle at...
Page cxviii - These mines lay long neglected (choked in their own rubbish) till renewed about the beginning of queen Elizabeth, when plenty of copper was here afforded, both for home use and foreign transportation. But copper itself was too soft for several military services, and could not alone (no single person can prove a parent) produce brass, most useful for that purpose. Here taste and see Divine Providence, which never doth its work by halves, and generally doubleth gifts by seasonable giving them : Lapis...
Page 56 - ... archers in great numbers, who discharged their arrows thickly lest any one should raise his head above the wall ; but, blessed be the Lord, they found such a resistance there, that they were thrown to the ground with their ladders, and there and elsewhere about the walls, some were taken, some slain, and others wounded. " Yet no Englishman was killed during the whole siege ; except one man struck with an arrow, and the one above mentioned, but a few were wounded.
Page 56 - Howbeit on the ninth day of the siege, when all the engines were ready, they delivered a general assault upon all the city gates and upon the whole circuit of the wall, attacking manfully, while the citizens defended themselves just as manfully, and they did the same next day. The Scots also resorted to the same kind of stratagem whereby they had taken Edinburgh Castle ; for...
Page 27 - Two gentlemen to be appointed on the field to view both the parties, to see that they both be equal in arms and weapons according to this indenture ; and being so viewed...
Page cxix - ... within this county hath been wholly discontinued, and that not for want of metal, but mining for it. Sad, that the industry of our age could not keep what the ingenuity of the former found out. And I would willingly put it on another account, that the burying of so much steel in the bowels of men, during our civil wars, hath hindered their digging of copper out of the entrails of the earth ; hoping that these peaceable times will encourage to the resuming thereof.

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