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English: The French warship Cordelière and the English warship Regent ablaze at the battle of St. Mathieu on August 10 1512. Illustration for an epic poem in Latin written by the court poet Germain de Brie.

"The Cordelière in the foreground of the picture and to windward of the Regent has one sloping and two vertical masts with round tops above which are topmasts carrying topsails. The sails are furled but the mainsail and the foresail are loose and are beginning to burn. The sides of the castles are fitted with a pavesade of shields some bearing the ermine of Brittany some white with a black cross. The streamers flying from the masts are of the same colours. The rigging of the Cordelière is correctly shown: we see distinctly the shrouds the lifts and the stays the artist has not forgotten to haul the bowline of the mainsail the upper part of the ports is round and the tops are stored with quarrels. The Regent is almost entirely hidden by the Cordelière however we can distinguish two of her three masts the mainsail and the mizen the foremast ought to be seen. Castles and tops are pavesaded with shields white with a red cross the streamers are similar. A few men are in the shrouds the French mariners wear red jackets and blue or black breeches."
Date 16th century
Source David Childs, The Warship Mary Rose: The Life and Times of King Henry VIII's flagship, p. 108; photo credits on p. 6
Author Unknown, photo from Mary Rose Trust
  1. Spont, Alfred (1897) Letters and papers relating to the war with France, 1512-1513, Navy Records Society, pp. xlvii


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