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This is the eleventh in the catalogue, published with this collection, and contains

the artifices made use of by the Spanish court, to keep up the spirits of the people, at the time that the King of Spain attempted, in 1588, to invade England with his invincible Armada, and dethrone Queen Elisabeth ; because, the fleet being beaten, dispersed, and gone north about, and almost jutirely destroyed by tempest, &c. they began to doubt of its success. See p. 47, &c. of this Vol. where you have a true and full account of this expedition in 1588

A Packe of Spanish Lyes.

A Condemnation of the Spanish

From England.

From Spaine.

1. THE true relation of the 1. " IT is wel knowen to all succes of the catholike armie*, the worlde, how false all this against their enemies, by letters of relation is, and either falsly the post-master of Logrono of the coloured by the letters rememfourth of September, and by , bred, or els both the post-master of letters from Roan of the one-and- Logrono, and the writers from thirtieth of August, † and by Roan, ought to be waged as letters from Paris of the Kings intelligencers for the deuill, the embassadour there; wherein he father of lyes, whom they haue declareth the imprisonment of' herein trulye serued ; and if they Francis Drake, and other great continue, in, mayntenance nobles of England, and how the thereof against the knowen trueth, Queene is in the fielde with an their damnation is certaine, and armie, * and of a certain mutinie, hell is open for them. which was amongst the Queenes armie, with the successe of the said - Catholike armie since they entred in the Groyne, till they came on the coast of England, with two ballets, compounded by


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The Invincible Armada in 1588. + The letters from the Kings embassadour, whose narne is Mendoza, agrerable to their masters 'name, being the reporter of Mendacia Mendacissima; and considering that he hath written, ihat Francis Drake is inprisoned, and many nobles of Eogland; it Mendoza will stand to bis letters, so as he would gage, and, by his hande-writioge, assure but his worst iennet and his belles, he shall be answered for the said Sir Francis Drakes person, or any nobleman, gentleman, or page, so taken in the fight between the two armies, for the ransom of coery of the said prisoners tortie-thousande crownes in the Royal Eschange of London. Buitie trueth is, Sir Francis Diake was so farre off to be a prisover, that he was the taker; for he inoke Pedro de Valuez, and four-hundred more Spanish prisoners, at one time. And, to proue this to be true, Mendoza shall haue, if he will require it, Pedro Valdez owne bande,'to shewe that he is prisoner to Sir Francis Drake, and four-hundred more taken with him, and not one Englishman tuken in that seruice.

It is so false, that there was any mutinie in the Queenes armie, that she her selfe was there, with the greatest honour, loue, and applause, received, that coulde be imagined for a lady and a queene. She rode rounde about her armie, and passed through euery part thereof, to their inestimable comfort; she louged and did eat in the campe, as quietly as euer she diet in her owne chamber. In the armie was neuer any fray or discord; exercise of armes was daily used and shewed before her, to her great honour; yea, and with an vniuersall extolling of Gods name euery day, morning and euening, in loude prayers and psalmes; and the like sous, in her owne hearing, against all eyrannie by inuasion of Gods enemies; and this enery may ay iudge to be farre from any colour of mptinie,

Christouer Brauo, a • blinde man of Cordowa; printed, with lycence, by Gabriel Ramos Beiarano, printer.

A Packe of Spanish Lyes.

A Condemnation of the Spanisla
From Spaine.

By a Letter of Diego Peres, chiefe
Post-master of Logrono, dated the

From England.
Second of September, 1588.

2. THE newes of England is 2. "THE gouernour of Roan is confirmed here, by a Letter of the accompted a worthy noble man, Gouernour of Roan. He writeth, and therefore he shall do wel to he hath in his power the chiefe pi- make this report of him to be lote of Captaine Drake, and that knowen for a lye; for so surely he he knoweth that all the English kroweth it to be, that there was armie remained ouerthrowen, hau- neuer, either a chiefe pilote, or the ing sunke two and twentie shippes, value of a boy of Captaine Drakes, and taken fourtie t, and imprisoned taken and brought to him as a priFrancis Drake, hauing giuen them chase almost as hie | as Abspurge, • The Gouernours of Bollen and and-slaíne many by the sword; and Calleis can informe the Gouernour likewise sayeth, that there was found of Roan how false a report it was, in Captaine Drakes shippe, a piece that the English armie remained of ordinance of fine-and-twentie onerthrowen afore Calleis': The foote long, which discharged a shotte English armie fought with the Spaof a bundreth weight at once, made nish; chased the Spanish, as a of purpose, with one onely shot, brace of greyhounds would a herde to sinke our Spanish Admirall; and of deere; the Spaniards ships were it pleased God, although she was beaten, spoyled, burnt, sunke, some somewhat battered, yet was she re- in the maine seas afore Dunkirke, paired againe, and ouerthrewe the some afore Flushing, and the rest English armie.

chased away; so as they fledde continually afore the English nauie in their best order for strength,


It was a meete occupation for a blinde man, to put lyes into songs; and, if he knewe how false his verses were, when he published them. it were to be wished that he had his eyes restored to ste his lyes, and then his tongue cutte ont that vttered them, and his eyes cleane plucked out of his head, that he should neuer see any more written lyes. As for his eares, it were good to baue them open, to heare men call him iustly, a notable blinde lyar.

+ If Drakes shippe were taken, if there was such a piece of ordinance of such a length, in what port is that shippe? In whose possession is that piece ? Drake is returned with honour, his shippe, called the Revenge, is in llarborow, ready for a reuedge by a new seruice; po shippe lost, no ordinance missing.

* The foolish lyar maketh mention of Abspurge iu Scotland: In all Scotland is no such place ; in Germanie is a countrey called Habspurg, but any wager may be layd, that pone of the Spanish came euer thither. Euery line, or euery sentence, conteineth a lye.

The Duke bimselfe is returned, let him confirme this vatrueth, that he ouerthrewe the En. glish armie; it can not be imagined, that he, beiug a person of so great honour, will allow so notorious a lye to be taken for a trueth; for if he had such a victorie, Why did he not land so con. qoere England ? Why did he neuer enter into any part of England? Why did he never cary auy ensigne of England inlo Spaine to shew, as very muany of the Spanish were brought into England.

without daring to abide any fight: Yea, someone of the English shippes fought with three of their galleasses; the Spaniards neuer attempting to board any English, but, as many of them, as could saile away, Aed with all their sailes, and were followed by the English, vntil they were chased out of all the English seas, and forced then to runne a vio lent course about Scotland, and so to Ireland, where a great number of their shippes are drowned, their men taken, and many killed by the sauage people for their spoyle; and the English nauie, vpon good consideration, left them, when they sawe them so hastily to flic despe ratly into the northern daungerous seas, where, the English nauie did very certainely know, that there would be no safety for them to follow the Spanish. Why durst any report that twenty-two English shippes were sunke, and fortie were taken, when, in trueth, there was not any one of the English shippes sunke or taken? A strange disposition, to forge such great lyes, whereof there was no ground nor colour. If any one or two of the English had bene sunke, a lyar might haue put the nomber of twenty for two, and excused the lye by error of figuring; but, of none in nomber, no nomber can be made, but by falshood. The Gouernour of Roan, being a man of great honour and vertue, ought to reuenge this shamefull lye made vpon him; for Lucian neu in all his lyes, vse more impudencie, then these Spanish lyar doe report


of him.

A Packe of Spanish Lyes. '. A Condemnation of the Spanish
From Spaine.

Copie of a Letter that Iohn Gamarra
wrote from Roan the Thirty-first

From England. of August, of the same Yeere.

3. THE English haue lost aboue 3. ' ALL this is likewise as full fortie ships in one encounter, where of lyes, as lines. lohn. Gamarra they coulde not flie, which was in may be what he is; but if there be Luxaten, a hauen in Scotland, to such a man, and that he wrote as is the which place, since the departure mentioned, except he be a professed of the Spanish armies from Calleis, member of the deuill to forge lyes, the English armie followed ; and, he knoweth that he wrote falsly! supposing they went to take that hauen, they got before ours to defend the entrance: We seeing them so neere the English fleete, and that they coulde not retire, as they alwayes did, when they pleased, to the English hauens, they set vpon them so valiantly, that they sunke twenty of their shippes, and they tooke twenty-six whole and sound; and the rest, seeing their destruction, fled away with great losse of men, and their shippes very much bạttered; and with this, they say, the Spanish armie tooke the hauen, where they are very well lodged, as euery one affirmeth, and so the newes is here; I pray God giuè them good successe : We vnderstande, by the post. come from Calleis, that in England it is for. bidden, vpon paine of death and losse of goods, that no body doe write newes from thence to any place; which confirmeth the newes aboue.

• He noteth also a hauen in Scotland, called Luxaten ; Done such was euer koowen there. In Vropia there may be such sone; no Spaniard can saye they tooke any hauen in Scotland: it is altogether vaine otherwise to reproue this; but al that is reported are lyes, and so let Gamarra repeat, or follow the deuill, his master, the father of malicious lyes.

1. A Packe of Spanish Lyes. :- A Condemnation of the Spanish From Spaine.

Coppie of a Letter thut Pedro de

Alua did write from Roan, the
First of September, of the same

From England. :


4. I DO not write newes of the 4. "THIS Pedro Alua coulde be Spanish armie, because they are content to send lyes, but he is more diuers, and woulde gladly write warie in the auowing of them; he the very trueth. Nowe by the reporteth lyes, as he saith, that newes which runneth from diuers came from other places: But, of places, as Calleis, Deepe, and Hol- all other places, none coulde make lande, and presumptions from Eng- a truer report then Calleis, where land, and other places, it is holden the Gouernour, and all the inhafor certaine, that they haue fought bitants, saw the Spanish armie with the English, and broken their mightily beaten by the English; heads, hauing sunke many of their and it was affirmed, by men tbere shippes, and taken others; and the of great iudgement, that neuer was rest, which they say were twenty- seene, by any man liuing, such a seuen shippes, returned, very much battery, so great for nomber, so battered, to the riuer of London, furious, and of so long continuance, which are all those that coulde es- as the English made against the . cape. There goeth with this post Spanish. Calleis sawe the Spanish another post of lorge Seguin of armie first driuen from their ancres Calles, which saith, that certaine with fire; they sawe the greatest masters and mariners of Zeland did galliasse of the Spanish, whereof affirme to the Gouernour of Calleis, was commander that worthy noble Mounsier de Gorden, that our fleete man Moncada, spoyled, and himis in a hauen, or riuer, in Scotland, selfe slaine in the galliasse by the called * Trifla, where they say there English. Calleis did see the next may ride two-thousand shippes; day, that the English nauie fought, this is that which commonly is and did beate the Spanish Armada currant here,

from eight of the clocke in the morning vntill four in the afternone, without any ceasing,

Calleis sawe the Spanish hoyfe vp al their sayles, and Aie as fast as winde coulde driue, and the English to follow and pursue them; and yet Calleis saw a sufficient nauie of England left afore Dunkirke, able to master all the shipping that the Duke of Parma had prouided!

The last part of this report is a likelye to the other; there is no such port in Scotland, called Trifla; neither did any of the Spaniards take succour in any hauen, nor yet coulde hane done, by reason of the contrary windes.

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