Henrie the seuenth.
TO which earle came the wilie priest sir Richard Simon, bringing with him a lad
Henrie the seuenth.
Sir Richard Simon priest.
Lambert counterfeit to be the earle of Warwike.
that was his scholer, named Lambert, whome he feined to be the sonne of George
earle of Clarence, latelie escaped foorth of the tower of London. And the boie could
reckon vp his pedigrée so readilie, & had learned of the priest such princelie behauiour,
that he lightlie mooued the said earle, and manie others the nobles of Ireland
(tendering as well the linage roiall of Richard Plantagenet duke of Yorke, and his
sonne George their countrieman borne, as also maligning the aduancement of the
house of Lancaster in Henrie the seuenth) either to thinke or to faiue, that the world
might beléeue they thought verelie this child to be Edward earle of Warwike, the
duke of Clarence his lawfull sonne.
And although king Henrie more than halfe marred their sport, in shewing the
right earle through all the stréets of London, yet the ladie Margaret duches of
Burgongne, sister to Edward the fourth, hir nephue John de la Poole, the lord
Louell, sir Thomas Broughton knight, and diuers other capteins of this conspiracie,
The lord Louell.
Sir Thomas Broughton.
deuised to abuse the colour of this yoong earles name, for preferring their purpose:
which if it came to good, they agréed to depose Lambert, and to erect the verie
earle indéed, now prisoner in the tower, for whose quarrell had they pretended to
fight, they déemed it likelie he should haue béene made awaie. Wherefore it was
blazed in Ireland, that the king to mocke his subiects, had schooled a boie to take
vpon him the earle of Warwikes name, and had shewed him about London, to blind
the eies of the simple folke, and to defeat the lawfull inheritour of the good duke of
Clarence their countriman and protector during his life, vnto whose linage they also
deriued title in right to the crowne.
In all hast they assembled at Dublin, and there in Christs church they crowned
this idoll, honoring him with titles imperiall, feasting and triumphing, raising mightie
shouts and cries, carrieng him from thense to the castell vpon tall men's shoulders,
that he might be seene and noted, as he was sure an honorable child to looke vpon.
Heerewith assembling their forces togither, they prouided themselues of ships, and
imbarking therein, they tooke the sea, and landing in Lancashire, passed forwards,
till they came to Newarke vpon Trent. Therevpon insued the battell of Stoke,
commonlie called Martin Swarts field, wherein Lambert and his maister were taken,
but yet pardoned of life, and were not executed. The erle of Lincolne, the lord
Louell, Martin Swart, the Almaine capteine, and Maurice Fitzthomas capteine of the
Irish, were slaine, and all their power discomfited, as in the English historie it may
Iasper duke of Bedford lieutenant.
further appeare. Jasper duke of Bedford, and earle of Pembroke lieutenant, and
Walter archbishop of Dublin his deputie.
In this time befell another like Irish illusion, procured by the duchesse aforesaid,
and certeine nobles in England, whereby was exalted as rightfull king of England,
and vndoubted earle of Vlster, the counterfeit Richard duke of Yorke, preserued
from king Richards crueltie (as the adherents faced the matter downe) and with this
maigame lord, named indeed Peter, (in scorne Perkin) Warbecke, they flattered themselues
manie yeares after. Then was sir Edward Poinings knight sent ouer lord deputie,
Sir Edward Poinings lord deputie.
Perkin Warbecke taken.
with commission to apprehend Warbecks principall parteners in Ireland:
amongst whom was named Girald Fitzgirald, whose purgation the king (notwithstanding
diuerse surmising and auouching the contrarie) did accept. After much
adoo, Perkin being taken, confessed by his owne writing the course of his whole
life, and all his proceedings in this enterprise, whereof in the English historie, as
we have borowed the same foorth of Halles
chronicles, yee may read more, and therefore
héere we haue omitted to speake further of that matter.
In the yeare 1501, king Henrie made lieutenant of Ireland his second sonne
Henrie duke of Yorke, after king Henrie the eight, lord lieuenant.
Henrie, as then duke of Yorke, who after reigned by the name of Henrie the eight.
To him was appointed deputie the foresaid Girald erle of Kildare, who accompanied
with Iohn Blake maior of Dublin, warred vpon William le Burgh, Obren, and
Mac Nemarre, Ocarroull, and fought with the greatest power of Irishmen that had
béene togither since the conquest, vnder the hill of Knocktow, in English the hill
The field of Knocktow.
of the axes, six miles from Galowaie, and two miles from Belliclare Burghes manour
towne. Mac William and his complices were there taken, his souldiers that escaped
the sword were pursued fleeing, for the space of fiue miles: great slaughter was
made of them, and manie capteins caught, without the losse of one Englishman.
The earle of Kildare at his returne was made knight of the noble order of the
The earle of Kildare, knight of the garter.
garter, and liued in worthie estimation all his life long, as well for this seruice,
as diuerse other his famous exploits.