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Author: Sutcliffe, Matthew, 1550?-1629.
Title: The practice, proceedings, and lawes of armes described out of the doings of most valiant and expert captaines, and confirmed both by ancient, and moderne examples, and præcedents, by Matthevv Sutcliffe.
Publication info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service
2012 November (TCP phase 2)

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Print source: The practice, proceedings, and lawes of armes described out of the doings of most valiant and expert captaines, and confirmed both by ancient, and moderne examples, and præcedents, by Matthevv Sutcliffe.
Sutcliffe, Matthew, 1550?-1629.

Imprinted at London: By the deputies of Christopher Barker printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie, 1593.
Alternate titles: Right practice, proceedings, and lawes of armes.
Possibly by a different Matthew Sutcliffe.
Running title reads: The right practice, proceedings, and lawes of armes.
Cancels of at least leaves D4, H1, P4, T3, 2E1, 2F2, 2G3, 2P3, 2Q2-3, 2S2, and 2Y3 are known.
Reproduction of the original in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Subject terms:
Military art and science -- Early works to 1800.

title page
❧ To the Reader.
¶ The right practice, proceedings, and lawes of Armes.
CHAP. I. What causes make warres iust or vniust, and what are the effectes of lawfull warres, and what solemnities or circumstances are to be considered in defiance of our enemies, and first attempts of warres.
CHAP. II. That before we beginne the warres, prouision is first to be made of treasure, armes, munition, shippes, cariages, victuals, and all necessarie furniture, and instruments of warre.
CHAP. III. That before we beginne warres, we are to procure what strength, or helpe wee can of our neighbours, or others: and to draw the same, as much as is possible for vs, from our enemies.
Part 1. Of the Generall, and the partes and qualities required in him.
CHAP. IIII. Part. 2. Of the Generalles counsell of warres.
CHAP. IIII. Part. 3. Wherein is declared, that the soueraigne commaundement in matters of warres, is to be committed to one alone.
CHAP. IIII. Part.4. Of the authoritie, and Commission of the Generall.
CHAP. IIII. Part 5. Of the choice of Colonels, and Captaines of companies, and other officers of the armie, and their qualities and office.
CHAP. IIII. Part 6. Of musters, and choice of common souldiers.
CHAP. IIII. Part. 7. Of the Othe of a souldier.
CHAP. IIII. Part. 8. Wherein is proued, that souldiers chosen of our owne nation are farre to be preferred before strangers, and hired men.
CHAP. IIII Part. 9. Of the souldiers pay.
CHAP. IIII. Part. 10. Wherein is declared, that there is no hope of good successe in warres, without a full army, and force sufficient.
CHAP. IIII. Part. 11. Of the exercise and trayning of young souldiers, whereby they are made apte, and ready for the warres.
Part. 1. Wherein is declared, what things are especially to be considered of those, that leade an army by land, or by sea, into a forreine countrey.
CHAP. V. Part. 2. Wherein is prooued, that it is farre better for the English nation, things standing as now they do, to inuade the Spaniard, or any other enemy in his owne country, then to receiue their assault, and invasion here at home, or to stay vntill we do see the enemy on our owne coast.
CHAP. V. Part. 3. Wherein certaine aduertisements are giuen to our souldiers, that are sent in ayde of foreine nations.
Part. I. Of the order and aray of an army marching toward the enemy.
CHAP. VI. Part. 2. Wherein is declared by what meanes an Army may march safely in the enemies countrey, and ouercome all difficulties, whereby either in champion, or wooddie grounds, or els in the passage of riuers, or hils and straites, the same may be disordered, or hindered.
Part. 1. Wherein is declared what trauerses, and oppositions the defendants are to make, that thereby they may stoppe or hinder the progresse, and march of the enemy.
CHAP. VII. Part. 2. Wherein he speaketh of forraging, and stopping the enemies forragers.
CHAP. VIII. Wherein is prooued, that nothing in warres is more aduantageous, then expedition; or any thing more hurtfull, then delayes.
CHAP. IX. Of orders to be obserued for the good gouernement, and assurance of the campe or lodgings of the army.
CHAP. X. Wherein is shewed, that as the assaylants being entred into the enemies countrey, are to seeke that the matter may be tryed by battell in open fielde: so the defendants without great aduantage, are to auoyde the Generall tryall: and by what meanes eche of them, may effect their seuerall purposes.
CHAP. XI. Conteining speciall matters to be well considered, before the Generall bring foorth his armie to fight with the enemie in open field.
Wherein is discoursed what aray, and course is best in charging the enemie.
CHAP. XII. Part. 2. Wherein the vse of horsemen, pikes, halberdes, and other such wea∣pons, also of targets, small shotte, archers, and great ordonance is declared.
CHAP. XIII. Of Stratagemes and Ambushes.
CHAP. XIIII. Wherein is shewed, how the enemy being vanquished, the victory is to be vsed, and the conquest mainteined.
CHAP. XV. Containing a discourse concerning the meanes, whereby an armie that is foiled, or feareth to fight may most safely retire: and how the enemie in folowing the course of his victorie, may be stopped.
CHAP. XVI. Wherein is shewed how martiall men proceed in the sieges of cities or fortes.
CHAP. XVII. Wherein certaine obseruations are set downe good to be practiced for the defence, and good gouernment of a towne or place besieged, battered, or assaulted.
CHAP. XVIII. Of the vse of the Nauy in warres, and of diuers pointes to be consi∣dered of those that commaund at Sea.
CHAP. XIX. Wherein speciall matters concerning treaties of peace, truce, and confe∣deracies, and likewise concerning the priuileges of ambassadors and messengers, which ordinarily are mediators of peace, truce & such like treaties are handled.
CHAP. XXI. Wherein is declared that to encourage forward men to doe valiantly, nothing is more effectuall, then reward, nor for maintenance of mili∣tarie discipline, any thing more requisit, then seuere punishment.
Wherein a forme of Militarie lawes requisite to be published and ob∣serued of our English souldiers and others imploied in publike ser∣uice of their countrey, is prescribed. The first part of it conteineth lawes concerning religion and morall matters.
Annotations and interpretations of the former lawes, for the better vnderstanding of them.
CHAP. XXI. Part. 2. Wherein lawes are set downe, tending to the common safetie of the state, armie, or garrison.
Interpretations and annotations vpon the former lawes.
CHAP. XXI. part 3. Conteining lawes concerning the dueties of Captaines and soldiers yet more particularly.
Annotations vpon the former lawes.
CHAP. XXI. Part. 4. Wherein orders especially concerning the campe, or towne of gar∣rison are conteined.
Annotations for the better vnderstanding of the former lawes.
CHAP. XXI. Part. 5. Wherein a forme of lawes especially concerning sea causes, and ships go∣ing in publike seruice of the Prince is prescribed.
Notes vpon the former lawes.
CHAP. XXI. Part. 6. Wherein there is conteined certaine orders concerning aduētures at sea.
CHAP. XXI. Part. 7. Wherein an order is set downe concerning the officers of the army or na∣uy, or that haue charge to make any prouision for either.
Annotations vpon this last law.
CHAP. XXI. Part. 8. Comprising orders concerning booties, spoyles, and prisoners taken in warres.
Annotations vpon the former lawes.
CHAP. XXI. Part 9. Wherein certaine orders are conteined concerning the execution of Lawes and administration of iustice.
Faultes escaped.