They were a weapon apt to be dangerous to the employer, but the terror they inspired was such that every potentate sought to get hold of them.
In December 1602 Francois de Sales was consecrated bishop of Geneva (since 1535 the bishops had lived at Annecy), and a few days later the duke of Savoy made a final attempt to get hold of the city by a surprise attack in the night of 11-12th December 1602 (Old Style), known in history as the "Escalade," as ladders were used to scale the city walls.
(Fn1) A certain Peter (Doc. Doat., 22, p. 98) declared that could he but get hold of the false and perfidious God of the Catholics who created a thousand men in order to save a single one and damn all the rest, he would break him to pieces and tear him asunder with his nails and spit in his face.
- but, before he could get hold of Kufa, the Syrian troops arrived.
Try a good chandlers, the RYA or a library to get hold of them.