1. Side note: The principles are these: Aer non penetrat aquam, Natura non patitur vacuum. "Air does not penetrate water. Nature abhors a vacuum".
2. Sensus non fallitur in proprio objecto] "The senses are not deceived by nearby objects".
3. tertiam partem] "third part".
4. Side note: Puisne.
5. Side note: A true praise of
6. sans nombre] "Without number".
7. Side note: M. Plat set forth a book of engines.
8. Side note: Ariost. Cant. 20.
9. Side note: Some conjecture, that stale and cow dung must effect both these multiplications.
10. Side note: The author could have said honourable of both; but he takes honesty in this place for the higher title.
11. Side note: Boccacio writes, that S. Ciappelletto was canonised.
12. Side note: if I had such a grant, he that were my heres ex asse ("sole heir") would be the richest squire in
13. Side note: I protest Micasmos and all his friends love him the better for it. If you call this flattery, I would you would all deserve to be so flattered.
14. Side note: A worthy matter to be put into a Chronicle, and fit for such worthy historiographers.
15. Side note: The Magnificos of Venice are called Figlivoli di S. Marco.
16. Cara signora, &c.] "Dear lady, please do that which you do in front of shitting."
17. Side note: Theobalds, Burleigh, Holmby.
18. dialecticorum dumetis doctus,] "learned in thorny logic".
19. rhetoricorum pompa potens]"able to parade my rhetoric".
20. caeteris scientiis saginatus] "The rest of these puffed-up sciences".
21. ut sunt divorum, Mars, Bacchus, Apollo, virorum, &c] "As of the gods, Mars, Bacchus, Apollo, so are men, &c."
22. Bellum gramaticale] "The Grammatical War." Side note: This comedy was played at her Majesty's last being at
23. gogs nouns] A mangled oath = God's Wounds.
24. Side note: the epilogue, or conclusion.
25. Side note: Three reproofs of this pamphlet.
26. Side note: Answer to the first objection of fantasticalness.
27. Side note: A brief sum of the true intent of the book.
28. Side note: Answer to the second objection of scurrility.
29. Side note: This cannot be denied.
30. Quod decuit tantos cur mihi turpe putem?] "Why should I be ashamed of that which was becoming to so many?" adapted from Ovid, Amores, III 8.14, where regem "a King" instead of tantos "so many".
31. Side note: Answer to the third objection, that it it is too satirical or sharp against the faults of the time
32. Regnare nequitiam et in deterius res humanas labi.] "Wickedness rules, and everything human is getting worse" Side note: Seneca. (Of Benefits, I.10.1.)
33. Side note: Allusion to the former words
34. Side note: A fit rule to be kept, and breeds all misrule when it is broken; especially by honourable persons.
35. Side note: Misacmos.
36. Side note: That is to say, what a fool was St. Peter.