The Taking of Polack — 1579

That the taking of the fortress of Polack by Stefan Batory was considered to be a famous victory in its day is evident from the publication of this rare English newssheet in the year of the battle itself — 1579. The interest which this event aroused in England may be explained in part by economic and in part by political factors. In Elizabethan days the growing power of England's fleet in the face of the threat of the Hapsburg Empire caused the merchants in London and the furnishers of the Queen's navy to look to their sources of supply of “all necessaries for their shipping as Masts, ropes, pitch and tar, hemp and flax... from Pruceland, Leueland and Roussyay.”