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When the people were departed, the kynge turning him self to the noble man Nycholas, which taried stil behind, he said: Thou hast begun a webbe to put me out of my kingdome, but I will make a rope of it, where wythall I wil hang thee. Whervpon he immediatly departed out of the kinges presence, & the kinge him self went into the Castell of Vissegrade, wythin a while after into a new castel which he him self hadde builded v. stones cast from thence, sending ambassadors to his brother to require aid.

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These protestantes being assembled in the town of Prage, holding their conuentyons: The king sent forth his Chamberlain wyth CCC. horsmen, to run vpon them, but he hauing respecte vnto his life fled: When newes therof was brought vnto the kinge, all that wer about him being amased, vtterly detested the fact: but the kings cupbearer standing by, said: I knew before that these thinges woulde thus come to passe, whome the king in a rage taking hold of, threwe him downe before hys fete, and with his dagger woulde haue slayne him: but being letted by suche as were aboute him with much a do, he pardoned him his life. Immediatly the king being taken with a palsy fel sicke, and within xviii. daies after when he had marked the names of suche, whome he had appoynted to put to deathe, incessantlye callinge for aide of his brother, and other hys frends, he departed this life, before the prynces which he had sent vnto, were come wyth aid, when he had raigned lv. yeares, and was about the age of lvii. yeres.

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MarginaliaThe story of Zischa.Immediatly after the death of Wenceslaus there was a certaine noble man named Zischa, borne at Trosnouia, whiche from hys youth vpward was brought vp in the kings court, and had lost one of his eies in a battel, wheras he had valiantly born him self. Thys man being sore greued for the deathe of Ihon Hus and Ierome of Prage, mynedinge to reuenge the iniuries whiche the councell hadde done greatly to the dishonour of the kingdom of Boheme, vppon their complices and adherents, he gathered together a nombre of men of warre, and subuerted the monasteries and idolatrous temples, pulling downe and breakinge in pieces the Images and Idolles dryuing away the priestes and monkes which he said were kept vp in their cloisters like swine in their sties to be fatted. After this his army being increased, hauing gathered together about 40000. menne, he attempted to take the Castell of Vissegrade, which was but slenderly warded. From thence the said Zisca vnder the conduicte of Coranda, wente spedilye vnto Pelzina, wheras he knew he hadde manye frendes of his faction, and toke the towne into his power, fortyfiing the same very strong-ly, and those which taried behind toke the castell of Vissegrade. Then the Quene Sophia beinge very carefull, sent letters and messengers vnto the Emperoure Sigismund and other nobles adioyninge vnto her, requirynge aid and helpe: but themperor made preparation against the Turke, which had then latelye wonne certain castels of him. Whervpon the Quene seing al aid so farre of, together with Cencho Wartenberge, gathered an host with the kinges treasure: and fortified the Castel of Prage, and the lesser city which ioyneth vnto the Castel, making gates & towers of woode vpō the bridge ouer the riuer Multane, to stop that the protestantes should haue no passage that waye. Then it happened that at the ile of S. Bencdict, one Peter Steremberge fought an equal or indifferent battail with them. In the meane time the noumber of the Protestantes being increased in Prage, they fought for the bridge, in which battaile manye were slaine on booth partes, but at the lengthe the Hussites wan the bridge, and the nether part of lesser Prage, the Quenes part flyinge into the vpper part therof: wheras they turnynge again fiersly, renued the battaile, and fought continually day and nighte by the space of v. daies, many were slain on both partes, goodly buildinges were rased, and þe councel house which was in a low place was vtterlye defaced and burned.

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Duringe the time of this troublous estate, the ambassadors of the Emperour Sigismund were come, which taking vpon them the rule and gouernaunce of the realme: made a truce or league with the citye of Prage vnder thys condition, that the castel of Vissegrade beyng rendred, it should be lawful for them to sende ambassadours to themperour Sigismunde to intreate as touchinge their estate. And that Zisca shoulde render vp Pelzina and Piesta wyth the other forts, whiche he hadde taken. These conditions thus agreed vppon and receiued, all the forren Protestantes departed out of the city, and the Senate of the citye began to gouern again according to their accustomed manner: and al thinges were quieted. Howbeit for al that the Papistes whych were gone out of the towne durste not retourne againe: but still looked for the Emperoure, by whose presence they thoughte they shoulde haue bene safe. But this their hoope was frustrate by meanes of certain letters which wer sent from themperoure, wherin it was wrytten that he would shortlye come and rule the kingdome, euen after the same order and māner as his father Charls had don before him. Wherby the protestantes vnderstode þt theyr sect and religion should be vtterlye banyshed, which was not begon duringe the raygne of the said Charles.

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