Montenegro: Its People and Their History

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Dalby, Isbister & Company, 1877 - Montenegro - 292 pages

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Page 201 - ... Venetian Doge Mocenigo, doubtless contains much that is of historical value, though the facts have been embellished by the fancy of the bard. " ' Listen to me, Doge,' writes Black Ivan to the lord of mighty Venice, ' men say that thou hast in thy house the fairest of roses, and I have in mine the fairest of pinks. Doge, let us unite the rose with the pink.
Page 60 - ... from his side, staggered towards the courageous girl; who, driven to despair, threw herself on her relentless foe, and with superhuman energy, hurled him down the neighbouring precipice, at the very moment, when some shepherds, attracted by the continued firing, arrived just too late for the rescue.* It is the knowledge of his own power, to protect his family and his home, which makes the Montenegrin live without dread of his many neighbouring enemies; the rugged barriers of rocky mountains,...
Page 157 - This was in 1484, in a petty principality ; they were men worsted in war, and flying for their lives. Again, it was only seven years after the earliest volume had been printed by Caxton in the rich and populous metropolis of England ; and when there was no printing-press in Oxford, or in Cambridge, or in Edinburgh. It was only sixteen years after the first printing-press had been established (1468) in...
Page 271 - the murderer had left the country, this vengeance fell on his nearest relation. He in turn found new avengers, and sometimes whole villages made war in this way, so that neither governor, nor Vladika, could stop the effusion of blood." Families were obliged to avenge the violent deaths, that happened in their villages; and villages, or even whole districts, to " take the part of their inhabitants, against those of another village, or district. Truces were sometimes established between the hostile...
Page 90 - ... patience, hunger, thirst, and every kind of privation. When the enemy is defeated and retiring, they pursue him with such rapidity, that they supply the want of cavalry, which it is impossible to employ in their mountainous country.
Page 90 - Arms, a small loaf of bread, a cheese, some garlic, a little brandy, an old garment, and two pair of sandals made of raw hide, form all the equipage of the Montenegrins. On their march, they do not seek any shelter from rain or cold. In rainy weather, the Montenegrin wraps around his head the...
Page 90 - Being inured to hardships and privations, they perform, without fatigue and in high spirits, very long and forced marches. They leap over wide ditches, supporting themselves on their long rifles, and pass over precipices where bridges would be absolutely requisite for every other kind of troops, and they climb the steepest rocks with great facility ; they also bear, with the greatest patience, hunger, thirst, and every kind of privation.
Page 10 - ... the Turkish inhabitants of the lowlands ; 3 and the name of one of the dynasties which formerly ruled this country,4 have been assigned by one writer or another as the meaning of part of its name of Montenegro in the Venetian dialect of Italian, of Tzrnagora. in Slavonic, and of Karadagh in Turkish. Be this as it may, there is no doubt as to the remainder of the name by which the country is known. Politically, as well as geographically and historically, Montenegro is pre-eminently a land of mountains....

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