The description of the earle Strangbow.
THE earle was somewhat ruddie and of sanguine complexion and freckle faced,
his eies greie, his face feminine, his voice small, and his necke little, but somewhat
of a high stature: he was verie liberall, courteous and gentle; what he could not
compasse and bring to passe in déed, he wouldl win by good words and gentle
speeches. In time of peace he was more readie to yéeld and obeie, than to rule
and beare swaie. Out of the campe he was more like to a souldior companion than
a capteine or ruler: but in the campe and in the warres he caried with him the
state and countenance of a valiant capteine. Of hlimselfe he would not aduenture
anie thing, but being aduised and set on, he refused no attempts: for of himselfe
he would not rashlie aduenture, or presumptuouslie take anie thing in hand. In
the fight and battell he was a most assured token and signe to the whole companie,
either to stand valiantlie to the fight, or for policie to retire. In all chances of
warre he was still one and the same maner of man, being neither dismaid with
aduersitie, nor puffed vp with prosperitie.