Henry VIII,the Reign
5 July 1524
Have been compelled to stay here four days, waiting for the men-at-arms and Almains passing the mountains, which are the highest and most terrible Pace has ever seen, although he has passed the worst in all nations.
Bourbon intends to start tomorrow for Grace, which they will take by surrender or force. The captain of the town has detained the Duke's trumpet, and made him good cheer. Before their arrival, the French proclaimed that Bourbon came to burn, kill, and destroy; but he and the whole army have behaved so well to the common people, that they begin to come in and offer victuals.
He has proclaimed that he does not mean to harm them, but give them their liberty. By these means 300 of the best men have come to serve him, and they will be well entertained that they may publish it among the rest.
The prince of Orange was taken prisoner at sea yesterday by his own fault, and Sir Edw. Guylford's son with him.
If Pace's letters do not come as fast as Wolsey would wish, he must remember that the way is long, and full of mountains and thieves.
S. Laurence in Province, 5 July.
Bourbon and all the army intend to fight, whether Francis comes in person or not. Is troubled at hearing nothing from Russell.