6. The attack on Moscow by the Khan of the Crimea, during the reign of Ivan the Terrible (1571)
Yt was God, that suffereth this wicked people, whoe live, flow and wallowe, in the verie hight of their lust and wickednes of the crienge Sodomiticall sines, to be thus justly punished and plaged with the tirranie of so bloudye a kynge: God, I say, hath now appointed a tyme, and prepared owt of his great justice a fearfull reveng and spectacle to all generacions, both for prince and people.
The Sithian Emperowr takes the oportunitie, enters the confines of Russia, stands with an army of 200 thowsand soldiers, all horsmen, within so miells compas upon the rivers sied Ocka, facinge the Emperowr Ivan Vazilewich his army of leo thowsand gallant generalls and souldiers, whoe kepe the phords and passages very stronge with great artillarie, municion, suplie of men and arms, vittualls, and all other provicion plentifull. Upon hoep and secreat intelligence they ar incouraged, and ventur to swyme and pass the particion river without repuls.
The Emperors army dare not (it is death to excead their comission) sturs not beyond their bounds of 25 miells compas to defend the eny-mies approach, upon what advantage soever. The enemye being come a this side the river have noe lett, but speed towards Musco, but go miells of, wher the Emperor thincks himself secure But the enime approaching the great cittie Musco, the Russ Emperor flies, with his two sonns, treasur, howshold, servants, and personall guard of 20 thowsand gonnors, towards a stronge monesterie, Troietts, 6o miells of, upon Assencion daye. The enyme fiers St Johns church high stepll: at which instant happened a wounderfull stormye wynd, through which all the churches, howses and palaces, within the cittie and suberbs 3o miells compas, built most of firr and oak tymber, was sett one fier and burnt within six howers space, with infinit thowsands men, weomen, and children, burnt and smothered to death by the fierie eyre, and likwise in the stone churches, monestaries, vaults, and sellors; verie fewe escapinge both without and within the three walled castells. The rever and ditches about Musco stopped and filled with the multituds of people, loaden with gold, silver, jewells, chains, earrings, brasletts and treasur, that went for succer eaven to save their heads above water.
Notwithstandinge, so many thowsands wear ther burnt and drowned, as the river could not be ridd nor clensed of the dead carcasses, with all the means and industrye could be used in twelve monneths after; but those alive, and many from other towns and places, every daie wear occupied within a great circuat to search, dregg, and fish, as it wear, for rings, jeweils, plate, baggs of gold and silver, by which many wear inriched ever after. The streets of the cittie, churches, sellors and vauts, laye so thicke and full of dead and smothered carcasses, as noe man could pass for the noisom smells and putrifection of the ear [air] longe after. The Emperowr of the Crimes and his armye beheld this goodly fier, lodged and solaced himself in a fare monuestarie by the river sied, fower miens of the cittie, called Symon monesterie; toke the wwlth and riches they had.