Two London Chronicles From the Collections of John Stow. Originally published by Camden Society, London, 1910.
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A BRIEF LONDON CHRONICLE 1547-1564
K. Edward the 6. Hobilthor. (fn. 1) mayor
The 15 day of May doctor Smyth (fn. 2) of Oxforde, yt did rede the dyvynite lector at Whitingdon colege, did recant at Poulis crosse.
Doctor Langriche, (fn. 3) archdeacon of Clefland in Yorkeshire, did willfully lepe out of the cloyster of saint Magnus into the Temse, willfully drownyd hymselff yn ye month of May.
Ao 2o J. Gressam, (fn. 4) mayor.
In the latter end of Januarii was soche vehement windes that damaged sore the western barges, & ye lade barges from London to Grauysende to London: a grocer of this citie, his wyfe, his seruant all were drownyd in a whery, sauyng the seruant & one of ye whery men.
In the sermones at saynt Mary Spittell the prechars invayed agaynst the masse. (fn. 5)
Ao 3. Hamcott, (fn. 6) mayor.
500 souldiers of Arde (fn. 7) com nere to Guysnes purposyng to had a great boty of catell; but ther were resisted by the men of Guysnes, & of ye men were 50 prisoners takyn, and 103 of them slayne.
[Jud (fn. 8)] mayor.
Ao 6. the erle of Arundell & the lorde Paget were comytted prisoners to the Tower. The erle was afterward relesed, the lorde Paget by a chapter of ye knyghtes of the gartar dymyssed from the same order.
When the bisshop of Win., chaunceler, did mynyster the othe to Justices of this realme he wolde not mynyster to Justice Halis, (fn. 9) ffor he sayde he had to talke wt him in maters of religion.
Ironmonger. (fn. 10)
In Marche died Julius, (fn. 11) bisshop of Rome, for whom ye qwene caused a solem funerall seruice to be done at Powlis.
Garett, (fn. 12) mayor.
In January the bodies of Mr Bucor, & Mr Fabius (fn. 13) wer takyn out of theire grauys, & burnt in the market place of Cambrige:
Ao 2o the qwene did send ij. of her ships to the see to take a pirate namyd Strangwysh, (fn. 14) who wt his ij. ships & ij. other capitaynes wt owt makyng of any resistence did yelde.
The occasion whervppon the qwene did send to New hauyn was the lorde Vidame, capitayne of New hauyn, & the bayly of Roen, (fn. 15) the treasorer of Deep (fn. 16) offered the forsayde townys to the qwenes magesty, if it wolde please her to further them in theire procedinges of the gospell, for that her mageste is right inheritor to yem & to all Fraunce. (fn. 17)
A man of Plymmoth namyd Hawkins, (fn. 18) did take a French ship comyng from Gynys wholely ladyn.
The forsayde hayne was well knowen to ye men of Douer, that he was a comen saylor betwene Diepe and Caleis: Thes men of Douer wt a crayer well mannyd lay in wayte for hym shortly after betwen Bolen and Cales, & did take him ladyn wt canuas & howsolde stuff to Dales, whiche was to them a gode recompence.
In this somer did fall so greate aboundance of rayne in Zeland that hops were so scant that they were solde in London for liij. s. iiij. d. the C.; & some bere breuars practised to brew wt brome & some wt bay beries.
In the begynnyng of Nouember 24 western ships did toke 17 bretisshe ships laden wt wyne, and if one of the had not bene to hasty, ther myght have takyn many mo: the brytons had 4 men of warre for theire waffters, but whan thei did see so grete a flete of englyshe men of war they fled.
Ao 6, in the begynnyng of December was so greate lyghtenyng & horrible thonder that the lyke was not seen wt the remembraunce of any man lyuyng. (fn. 19)
Remember the monstrous fysshe. (fn. 20)
In the 30 day of August it was enacted that all soche as wolde sell their waris, plate or howsold stuff to theire most aduantage, for the paying of or dettes or elles for the fordell of orphans, sholde bring the same waris &c. to Ledyn hall on Monday & Friday, there to be solde to them that wolde gyue most for it. (fn. 21)
In this yere was browght to ye citie great plente of frute, for ther cam in one market in to Southwark (fn. 22) cartes wt frute, in to Graschirche strete xiiij. cartes, besids a greate qwantytie that was browght on horsbacke, in panyers and dossars: this contynuyd the moste parte of the somer.