English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century: Lectures Delivered at Oxford, Easter Terms, 1893-4

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Longmans, Green, 1895 - Great Britain - 241 pages
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Page 75 - Their practices be very mischievous, and they be never idle, but God, I hope, will confound them and turn their devices upon their own necks.
Page 75 - ... the Queen of Scots. They have practised with us for the burning of her Majesty's ships, therefore there would be some good care had of them, but not as it may appear that anything is discovered — as your Lordship's consideration can well provide. " The King hath sent a ruby of good price to the Queen of Scots, with letters also, which in my judgment were good to be delivered. The letters be of no importance, but his message by word is to comfort her and say that he hath now none other care...
Page 75 - I have sent your Lordship the copy of my pardon from the King of Spain, in the very order and manner I have it.
Page 94 - Drake began to realise that he was now entirely alone,. and had only himself and his own crew to depend on. There was nothing to do but to go through with it, danger adding to the interest. Arica was the next point visited. Half a hundred blocks of silver were picked up at Arica. After Arica came Lima, the chief dep6t of all, where the grandest haul was looked for.
Page 90 - ... speeches to the whole company, persuading us to unity, obedience, love, and regard of our voyage ; and for the better confirmation thereof, willed every man the next Sunday following to prepare himself to receive the communion, as Christian brethren and friends ought to do. Which was done in very reverent sort, and so with good contentment every man went about his business.
Page 222 - Moncada and eight hundred men on board, had fouled her helm in a cable in getting under way and had become unmanageable. The galley slaves disobeyed orders, or else Don Hugo was as incompetent as his commander-in-chief. The galleass had gone on the sands, and as the tide ebbed had fallen over on her side. Howard, seeing her condition, had followed her in the Ark with four or five other of the Queen's ships, and was furiously attacking her with his boats, careless of neutrality laws. Howard's theory...
Page 228 - ... resolute as Drake. All that was possible was swiftly done. Seymour and the Thames squadron were to stay in the Straits and watch Parma. From every attainable source food and powder were collected for the rest — far short in both ways of what ought to have been, but, as Drake said, ' we were resolved to put on a brag and go on as if we needed nothing.' Before dawn the admiral and he were again off on the chase. The brag was unneeded. What man could do had been done, and the rest was left to...
Page 75 - Alva's power which he doth shortly provide in Flanders, as well as with the power which cometh with the Duke of Medina out of Spain, and so all together to invade this realm and set up the Queen of Scots. They have practised with us for the burning of Her Majesty's ships, therefore there would be some good care had of them, but not as it may appear that anything is discovered, as your lordship's consideration can well provide.
Page 223 - It was now or never for England. The scene of the action which was to decide the future of Europe was between Calais and Dunkirk, a few miles off shore and within sight of Parma's camp. There was no more manoeuvring for the weather-gage, no more fighting at long range. Drake dashed straight upon his prey as the falcon stoops upon its quarry. A chance had fallen to him which might never return ; not for the vain distinction of carrying prizes into English ports, not for the ray of honour which would...

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