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The description of William Fitzaldelme.

THIS Fitzaltelme was a grosse and corpulent man, as well in stature as in proportion, but of a reasonable height; he was verie liberall and courtlike. And albeit he were of great courtesie, and would giue to anie man much honour and reuerence, yet was the satne altogither with wiles and guiles: for vnder honie he gaue venem, and his sugred words were mingled with poison. And as a venemous serpent couered with gréene leaues, he with an outward shew of courtesie couered his mindfull trecherie. For to the outward shew he was liberall and courteous, but inwardlie full of rancor and malice. In countenance pleasant, but in a stinking breast was hid a stinking vapor: outwardlie as méeke as a lambe, but within as wilie as a fox: carieng vnder swéet honie most bitter venem. His words as smooth as oile, and yet indeed they were deadlie strokes: whome he honoured and reuerenced this daie, he would either spoile or ldetroie the next daie. A crueil enimie against the weake and feeble, and a flatterer vnto the rehell and mightie: gentle to the wild and satage, and courteous to the enimie; but extreame to the good subiect, and cruell to the humble; and by that Ieans he was not fearefull to the one, nor trustie to the other. A man full of flatterie, and yet altogither craftie and deceit full. He was also much giuen vnto wine and to women. He was a gréedie couetous man, and an ambitious flatterer, being altogither bent to the one and the other.

(1) This William was the sonne of Aldelme father to Burke erle of Kent (as some saie) and his son Richard was sent into Ireland, and there greatlie aduanced: and of him (being lord of Connagh) descended the burgesses called Clanuicards, who were the best blood of the foresaid Richard, and these doo yet remaine iu Connagh, of whom is the earle of Claurike now liuing.

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