The Danubian Principalities: The Frontier Lands of the Christian and the Turk, Volume 2

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R. Bentley, 1854 - Balkan Peninsula
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Page 327 - My dear lady," said he, raising himself, " you have from this moment begun my happiness, and placed it almost at its summit, by so generous an act, for which I can never sufficiently express my gratitude. In short, ladies...
Page 108 - Alps, we again approached them, and exchanged the flat and tame scenery of the last day's journey for the picturesque broken ground at the foot of the lofty range of mountains. The road, however, was bad, the horses worse, and the bare-footed post-boys shouted in vain as we ascended higher and higher. At last we entered a thickly wooded glen, and, after following it for half-anhour, we reached the monastery of Tismana, the most beautiful on the Carpathians. The date of its foundation and the name...
Page 319 - ... giving up her bread for lost, and never stopping until she reached her boat, when she recrossed the river. The Turks collected among themselves the whole amount due to her, and took it to the captain of their company, reporting to him what had taken place. He laid the case before Ibrahim Pasha, who sent him across the frontier with the money. It happened to be a market-day in the Austrian town, and the arrival of a Turkish officer created a great sensation ; but, when he inquired for the woman...
Page 103 - ... mountain which advances on the lower country, separating the twin dells, in which the two great monastic establishments of Wallachia are situated. That of Bistritza is built at the foot of lofty perpendicular cliffs, from which gushes the river of the same name, derived from the Sclavonian word bistra, or clear, and the water was certainly clear enough. It is said to be very productive in particles of gold, which it conveys from the bowels of the Carpathians, to be washed out of the sand by Gipsies...
Page 71 - ... that of his governor of Widin. Another Hospodar, Radu III., was appointed ; and, after the Turks had left the province, Vlad persuaded the king of Hungary to assist him in his attempt to recover his post, but Radu and the Boyars represented to Matthias the unworthiness of the cause he espoused, and the king not only abstained from invading Wallachia, but sent Vlad a prisoner to Buda. Fifteen years later, Stephen the Great obtained the freedom of Vlad from Matthias, and aided him to overthrow...
Page 332 - State presented a project for the employment of Christians in the army, and for the abrogation of the law of personal taxation, which was enforced in lieu of service. The Sultan's government approved these measures; but they were not well received by the Christians themselves; who appear not to T 2 be yet sufficiently convinced that their former servitude had virtually ceased, and still to fear too close a contact with the previously oppressive class of the population. Everything had, however, been...
Page 106 - ... the landscape as fair as any we had seen, though the country was no longer so wild. A few straggling Gipsy villages, looking for all the world like rabbit-warrens, were the only indication of its being inhabited ; and I suppose VOL. II. H their known aversion for the occupations of husbandry accounted for the land, which appeared to be excellent, having been left as pasturage for the small number of animals they possessed.
Page 106 - ... suppose VOL. II. H their known aversion for the occupations of husbandry accounted for the land, which appeared to be excellent, having been left as pasturage for the small number of animals they possessed. When we stopped to water the horses at a brook, we saw a Gipsy girl of rare beauty filling her jars ; her olive skin was pure and fine as that of a duchess — her figure matchless, and her every movement full of grace. The postilions told us, that she was celebrated over all the district,...
Page 109 - ... whose body was removed hence to Montenegro, by some of his countrymen during one of the wars which brought the Serbians into Wallachia. A fine spring of clear water issues from the rock, and falls from the plateau, on which the monastery stands, into the river below, forming a cascade of about 150 feet. The buildings are very striking in their old garb, but, like the other convents, they are now undergoing a process of vulgar renovating Vandalism, in order to make them suitable as summer quarters...
Page 108 - Wallachia ; it was repaired in the year 1366, by Radu Negru, whose Roman Catholic princess has committed the practical solecism of placing her armorial bearings over the gate of the Greek church ; and the French fleurs-de-lis have a singular appearance in this wild pass of the mountains which bound the great steppes of Asia on one side, as the Urals do on the other. There are only eight monks, who are not living, but starving, on an income of 10,000/. per annum, the property of their monastery, little...

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