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inward man of trust amongst them, did extremely quail the design of Perkin and his complices, as well through discouragement as distrust. So that they were now, like
sand without lime, ill bound together; especially as many 5 as were English, who were at a gaze, looking strange one
upon another, not knowing who was faithful to their side; but thinking, that the King, what with his baits, and what with his nets, would draw them all unto him that were any
thing worth. And indeed it came to pass, that divers came 10 away by the thread, sometimes one, and sometimes another.
Barley, that was joint commissioner with Clifford, did hold out one of the longest, till Perkin was far worn; yet made his peace at the length. But the fall of this great man,
being in so high authority and favour, as was thought, with 15 the King; and the manner of carriage of the business, as
if there had been secret inquisition upon him for a great time before; and the cause for which he suffered, which was little more than for saying in effect, that the title of
York was better than the title of Lancaster; which was 20 the case almost of every man, at the least in opinion, was
matter of great terror amongst all the King's servants and subjects; insomuch as no man almost thought himself secure, and men durst scarce commune or talk one with
another, but there was a general diffidence every where : 25 which nevertheless made the King rather more absolute
than more safe. For “ bleeding inwards, and shut vapours, “strangle soonest, and oppress most."
Hereupon presently came forth swarms and volleys of libels, which are the gusts of liberty of speech restrained, 30 and the females of sedition, containing bitter invectives and
slanders against the King and some of the council: for the contriving and dispersing whereof, after great diligence of inquiry, five mean persons were caught up and executed.
Mean while the King did not neglect Ireland, being the soil where these mushrooms and upstart weeds, that spring up in a night, did chiefly prosper. He sent therefore from hence, for the better settling of his affairs there, commissioners of both robes, the prior of Lanthony, to be his
5 chancellor in that kingdom; and Sir Edward Poynings, with a power of men, and a martial commission, together with a civil power of his lieutenant, with a clause, that the earl of Kildare, then deputy, should obey him. But the wild Irish, who were the principal offenders, fled into the 10 woods and bogs, after their manner; and those that knew themselves guilty in the pale fled to them. So that Sir Edward Poynings was enforced to make a wild chase upon the wild Irish: where, in respect of the mountains and fastnesses, he did little good. Which, either out of a sus- 15 picious melancholy upon his bad success, or the better to save his service from disgrace, he would needs impute unto the comfort that the rebels should receive underhand from the earl of Kildare; every light suspicion growing upon the earl, in respect of the Kildare that was in the action 20 of Lambert Simnel, and slain at Stokefield. Wherefore he caused the earl to be apprehended, and sent into England; where, upon examination, he cleared himself so well, as he was replaced in his government. But Poynings, the better to make compensation of the meagreness of his 25 service in the wars by acts of peace, called a parliament; where was made that memorable act, which at this day is called Poyning's law, whereby all the statutes of England were made to be of force in Ireland : for before they were not, neither are any now in force in Ireland, which were 30 made in England since that time; which was the tenth year of the King.
About this time began to be discovered in the King
that disposition, which afterwards, nourished and whet on by bad counsellors and ministers, proved the blot of his times;
which was the course he took to crush treasure out of his subjects' purses, by forfeitures upon penal laws.
At 5 this men did startle the more at this time, because it ap
peared plainly to be in the King's nature, and not out of his necessity, he being now in float for treasure : for that he had newly received the peace-money from France, the
benevolence-money from his subjects, and great casualties 10 upon the confiscations of the lord chamberlain, and divers
others. The first noted case of this kind was that of Sir William Capel, alderman of London ; who, upon sundry penal laws, was condemned in the sum of seven and twenty
hundred pounds, and compounded with the King for six15 teen hundred : and yet after, Empson would have cut
another chop out of him, if the King had not died in the instant.
The summer following, the King, to comfort his mother, whom he did always tenderly love and revere, and to make 20 open demonstration to the world, that the proceedings
against Sir William Stanley, which were imposed upon him by necessity of state, had not in any degree diminished the affection he bare to Thomas his brother, went in progress
to Latham, to make merry with his mother and the earl, and 25 lay there divers days.
During this progress, Perkin Warbeck finding that time and temporising, which, whilst his practices were covert and wrought well in England, made for him ; did now, when
they were discovered and defeated, rather make against him, 30 for that when matters once go down the hill, they stay not
without a new force, resolved to try his adventure in some exploit upon England; hoping still upon the affections of the common people towards the house of York. Which
body of common people he thought was not to be practised upon, as persons of quality are; but that the only practice upon their affections was to set up a standard in the field. The place where he should make his attempt, he chose to be the coast of Kent.
5 The King by this time was grown to such a height of reputation for cunning and policy, that every accident and event that went well, was laid and imputed to his foresight, as if he had set it before: as in this particular of Perkin's design upon Kent. For the world would not believe afterwards, but the King, having secret intelligence of Perkin's intention for Kent, the better to draw it on, went of purpose into the north afar off, laying an open side unto Perkin, to make him come to the close, and so to trip up his heels, having made sure in Kent beforehand.
15 But so it was, that Perkin had gathered together a power of all nations, neither in number, nor in the hardiness and courage of the persons, contemptible, but in their nature and fortunes to be feared, as well of friends as enemies; being bankrupts, and many of them felons, and such as 20 lived by rapine. These he put to sea, and arrived upon the coast of Sandwich and Deal in Kent, about July.
There he cast anchor, and to prove the affections of the people, sent some of his men to land, making great boasts of the power that was to follow.
The Kentish men, per- 25 ceiving that Perkin was not followed by any English of name or account, and that his forces consisted but of strangers born, and most of them base people and freebooters, fitter to spoil a coast, than to recover a kingdom ; resorting unto the principal gentlemen of the country, pro-30 fessed their loyalty to the King, and desired to be directed and commanded for the best of the King's service. The gentlemen entering into consultation, directed some forces
in good number to shew themselves upon
and some of them to make signs to entice Perkin's soldiers to land, as if they would join with them; and some others to appear from some other places, and to make semblance as 5 if they fled from them, the better to encourage them to land.
But Perkin, who by playing the Prince, or else taught by secretary Frion, had learned thus much, that people under command do use to consult, and after to march in order;
and rebels contrariwise run upon an head together in con10 fusion, considering the delay of time, and observing their
orderly and not tumultuary arming, doubted the worst. And therefore the wily youth would not set one foot out of his ship, till he might see things were sure. Wherefore the
King's forces, perceiving that they could draw on no more 15
than those that were formerly landed, set upon them and cut them in pieces, ere they could fly back to their ships. In which skirmish, besides those that fled and were slain, there were taken about an hundred and fifty persons.
Which, for that the King thought, that to punish a few for 20 example was gentleman's pay; but for rascal people, they
were to be cut off every man, especially in the beginning of an enterprise; and likewise for that he saw, that Perkin's forces would now consist chiefly of such rabble and scum of
desperate people, he therefore hanged them all for the 25 greater terror. They were brought to London all railed in
ropes, like a team of horses in a cart, and were executed some of them at London and Wapping, and the rest at divers places upon the sea coast of Kent, Sussex, and Norfolk, for sea
marks or lighthouses, to teach Perkin's people 30 to avoid the coast. The King being advertised of the land
ing of the rebels, thought to leave his progress : but being certified the next day, that they were partly defeated and partly fled, he continued his progress, and sent Sir Richard