The character of vvarre, or The image of martiall discipline contayning many vsefull directions for musters & armes, and the very first principles in discipline, the ground postures, all the military motions now vsed ... By Edvvard Cooke.
Cooke, Edward, fl. 1626-1631.

CHAP. IX. Why Souldiers must vse Swimming.

SOuldiers must vse Swymming to passe ouer Riuers, for Bridges are not euer ready. Likewise in retyring, or chasing, an Army, may be often times compelled or constrayned thereunto.

*Sudden showers or great snowes (sayth Vegetius) makes the wa∣ters breake out, and by ignorance herein Souldiers are subiect to danger, not onely on the behalfe of the Enemy, but also for drow∣ning and perishing themselues: for this cause they must be expert in swimming.

The auncient Romans which by so many warres and contynuall perilles came to be excellent in al warre matters chose the field Cam∣pus Martius (sayth Vegetius) hard by the Riuer Tiber, that in the same when they had left exerciseing their weapons, they might wash off all the sweat and dust: and when they were wearie with running, refresh themselues with swimming.

Thus much of the vse of Running, Leaping, Vaulting, Swym∣ming; The next Chapter shewes vnto what, young Souldiers must be disciplined, and how often trayned in a Moneth.