The Early Naval History of England

Paperback | May 10, 2012

byRobert Southey

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 Excerpt: ...own gross misconduct. Edward, having entered into an alliance against France with the earl of Flanders, embarked with an English force for that country, and landed near Sluys. But no sooner had he disembarked, than " through old envy and malice depending between the mariners of the Cinqueports and those of Yarmouth and other quarters," an ill-suppressed enmity broke out; and, in defiance of the kings commands and in contempt of his presence, the two parties fought on the water in such earnest sort, that, on the Yarmouth side, there were five-and-twenty ships burnt and destroyed; and three of the largest vessels, part of the king's treasure being in one of them, " were tolled forth into the high sea, and quite conveyed away." This daring defiance of authority augured ill for the campaign in which Edward was engaged; and, in fact, his men were little more subordinate ashore than they had shown themselves afloat. A French force occupied Bruges, and thought to have taken the English fleet, which lay in the harbour of Damme; but they had timely intelligence and put to sea. The enemy then began to fortify Bruges and Damme. The English and their allies drove them from the latter place with considerable loss; and Bruges also, it was thought, might have been recovered, if the English and Flemings had not fallen at strife and fought together " about the division of the prey." This was not the worst: the conduct of the English at Ghent, where Edward passed great part of the winter, so exasperated the townsmen, that more than 700 of them were slain in a sudden tumult; and Edward himself is said to have been beholden for his life to the protection of a knight of Flanders. The ill-will which was thus occasioned, and increased by the outrages...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 Excerpt: ...own gross misconduct. Edward, having entered into an alliance against France with the earl of Flanders, embarked with an English...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.33 inPublished:May 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217951988

ISBN - 13:9780217951982

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