Ottoman miniature: Siege of NiCE, 1543
Ottoman miniature: Siege of NiCE, 1543


... In the clear, unempathic voice he had used throughout, the Master said, 'In 1542 I became a prisoner in France, and from then, until 1544 was employed on travaux forcés in the French galleys. In March, 1543, I rowed in the ship which took the Earl of Lennox from France to Scotland, and I was seen there by him. In September of that year I was also on the galley which conveyed gold and arms from France for the Queen Dowager. ...'
    Dorothy Dunnett: Game of Kings,
    Part IV, The End Game:4, Baring: 2 - The Queen Moves to Her Beginning

More about galleys? Look up these links:

Oared warship terms
A short multilingual dictionary
The following two Chapters from a Book by Ruth Pike
Penal Servitude in Early Modern Spain
Chapter 1: The Galleys
Chapter 9 Conclusion:
The Wanderings of Felix Fabri, vol. 7, p 132-163
How galleys were rowed
Lot of Photos and a cut through a Galley