The Travels of Mendes Pinto

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University of Chicago Press, May 24, 2013 - Travel - 752 pages
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This text, ostensibly the autobiography of Portugese explorer Fernão Mendes Pinto, came second only to Marco Polo's work in exciting Europe's imagination of the Orient. Chronicling adventures from Ethiopia to Japan, Travels covers twenty years of Mendes Pinto's odyssey as a soldier, a merchant, a diplomat, a slave, a pirate, and a missionary, and continues to overwhelm questions about its source with the sheer enjoyment of its narrative.

"[T]here is plenty here for the modern reader. . . . The vivid descriptions of swashbuckling military campaigns and exotic locations make this a great adventure story. . . . Mendes Pinto may have been a sensitive eyewitness, or a great liar, or a brilliant satirist, but he was certainly more than a simple storyteller."—Stuart Schwartz, The New York Times
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Early Years
1
Chapter 2 The Passage to India
3
Chapter 3 A Renegade in the Red Sea
4
Chapter 4 The Land of Prester John
6
Chapter 5 Captive in Mocha
8
Chapter 6 On the Slave Block
9
Chapter 7 The Siege of Diu
12
Chapter 8 Impressment at Sea
13
Chapter 117 The Tartar Invasion
241
Chapter 118 Jorge Mendes Takes a Chance
243
Chapter 119 A Portuguese Hero among the Tartars
245
Chapter 120 On to Peking with the Tartars
248
Chapter 121 Summoned in Audience
250
Chapter 122 The Tartar King
252
Chapter 123 The Tartars Lift the Siege
255
Chapter 124 At the Tartar Court
257

Chapter 9 The Queen of Honowar
14
Chapter 10 Defeat at Honowar
15
Chapter 11 The Queens Treachery
17
Chapter 12 Departure for Malacca
18
Chapter 13 The Battak Envoy
20
Chapter 14 Through the Jungles of Sumatra
22
Chapter 15 At the Court of the Battak
24
Chapter 16 Observing the Battak at War
26
Chapter 17 The Battak Army in Retreat
27
Chapter 18 The Battaks Warning
29
Chapter 19 A Malay Tyrant
31
Chapter 20 The Elusive Isle of Gold
34
Chapter 21 The Ambassador from Aaru
36
Chapter 22 The Aaru on the Eve of War
38
Chapter 23 Shipwrecked off the Island of Sumatra
40
Chapter 24 Captive in Siak
42
Chapter 25 Back in Malacca
44
Chapter 26 The Achinese Threat to Portuguese Power
45
Chapter 27 The Death of the King of Aaru
47
Chapter 28 The Queen of Aaru Seeks Revenge
49
Chapter 29 The Queen of Aaru in Malacca
50
Chapter 30 The Queen of Aaru Departs in Anger
51
Chapter 31 Jantana Lays Claim to Aaru
53
Chapter 32 Jantana and Achin at War
55
Chapter 33 Rescue at Sea
57
Chapter 34 Tome Lobo in Danger
59
Chapter 35 Murder of the King of Pahang
60
Chapter 36 Disaster in the Harbor of Lugor
62
Chapter 37 Lady of the Swamp
65
Chapter 38 Antonio de Faria Swears Vengeance
66
Chapter 39 In Search of Khoja Hassim
68
Chapter 40 Pirates off the Coast of Champa
69
Chapter 41 Exploring Champa
72
Chapter 42 Night Raid off Hainan Island
74
Chapter 43 The Armenians Story
76
Chapter 44 The Pearl Fishers of Quemoy
78
Chapter 45 Gathering Information in Hainan
80
Chapter 46 Encounter with a Chinese Pirate
81
Chapter 47 The Unlucky Bride
85
Chapter 48 No Word of the Lord
87
Chapter 49 Problems Unloading the Cargo
90
Chapter 50 Victory in the Madel River
91
Chapter 51 The Corsairs Confession
93
Chapter 52 King of the Sea
95
Chapter 53 Shipwreck off the Isle of Thieves
98
Chapter 54 Marooned
99
Chapter 55 A Precocious Child
101
Chapter 56 Partners in Piracy
104
Chapter 57 News of Khoja Hassim
106
Chapter 58 Preparations for the Attack
109
Chapter 59 A Glorious Victory
111
Chapter 60 After the Battle
113
Chapter 61 Grounded on the Coast of China
116
Chapter 62 The Storms Ravages
117
Chapter 63 The Prisoners of Nouday
119
Chapter 64 The Mandarins Reply
121
Chapter 65 The Sack of Nouday
123
Chapter 66 Pirates at the Gates of Ningpo
125
Chapter 67 A Message from Ningpo
127
Chapter 68 Antonio de Farias Reception in Ningpo
129
Chapter 69 The Vicar of Ningpo
132
Chapter 70 A Banquet in Honor of Antonio de Faria
133
Chapter 71 The Voyage to Calempluy
135
Chapter 72 A Doubtful Course
138
Chapter 73 Of Men and Beasts
140
Chapter 74 Similau Disappears
142
Chapter 75 The Fabulous Isle of Calempluy
144
Chapter 76 Desecration of the Tombs
146
Chapter 77 The Old Hermit of Calempluy
148
Chapter 78 The Hermit Spreads the Alarm
150
Chapter 79 Antonio de Faria Meets His End
152
Chapter 80 Castaways in China
153
Chapter 81 The Wayside Shelter
155
Chapter 82 Thrown to the Leeches
157
Chapter 83 An UpperClass Chinese Family
159
Chapter 84 Arrested in Taypor
162
Chapter 85 Transferred to Nanking
163
Chapter 86 Legal Aid for the Poor
165
Chapter 87 A Letter of Recommendation
167
Chapter 88 The City of Nanking
169
Chapter 89 The Pagoda of Pocasser
171
Chapter 90 The Great Albuquerque Defamed
175
Chapter 91 Inez de Leiria
177
Chapter 92 The Legend of Nanca
180
Chapter 93 The Child Prophet
182
Chapter 94 The Founding of Peking
183
Chapter 95 The Great Wall of China
185
Chapter 96 The Submerged City
187
Chapter 97 Business and Trade Practices inChina
191
Chapter 98 The Floating Cities of China
194
Chapter 99 More about the Wonders of China
197
Chapter 100 Arrival in Peking
200
Chapter 101 A Favorable Ruling
202
Chapter 102 Of Judges and Influence
204
Chapter 103 Sentenced to Hard Labor
206
Chapter 104 The Kindly Captain of Quansy
211
Chapter 105 The Splendors of Peking
212
Chapter 106 Chinese Banqueting Houses
215
Chapter 107 Sightseeing in Peking
218
Chapter 108 Prison of the Outcasts
220
Chapter 109 Treasure House of the Dead
223
Chapter 110 The Shrine of the Queen of Heaven
225
Chapter 111 The Shrine of the 113 Kings
228
Chapter 112 Social Welfare in China
230
Chapter 113 Provisions against Famine
232
Chapter 114 Farewell to Peking
233
Chapter 115 A Point of Honor
236
Chapter 116 A Chance Encounter with Vasco Calvo
238
Chapter 125 Jorge Mendes Stays Behind
259
Chapter 126 Departure from Tartary
261
Chapter 127 A Heathen Pope
263
Chapter 128 En Route to Cochinchina
265
Chapter 129 Death on the Suicide Pyre
267
Chapter 130 The Tartar Ambassador at the Court of Cochin
268
Chapter 131 The Cochinese King Returns in Triumph
271
Chapter 132 The Discovery of Japan
272
Chapter 133 The Inquisitive Prince of Tanegashima
274
Chapter 134 How Firearms Came to Japan
276
Chapter 135 The King of Bungo
278
Chapter 136 A Shooting Accident
282
Chapter 137 The Princes Recovery
285
Chapter 138 Shipwreck off the Ryukyu Islands
288
Chapter 139 Arrested for Piracy
289
Chapter 140 Under Sentence of Death
291
Chapter 141 The Compassionate Women of the Ryukyus
294
Chapter 142 The Dowager Queen of the Ryukyus
296
Chapter 143 A Brief Description of the Ryukyu Islands
299
Chapter 144 Mission to Martaban
301
Chapter 145 The Pathetic Little King
303
Chapter 146 A Throne of Straw
305
Chapter 147 Arrival in Martaban
310
Chapter 148 The Siege of Martaban
311
Chapter 149 Martaban Capitulates
314
Chapter 150 The Surrender Ceremony
318
Chapter 151 The Sack of Martaban
321
Chapter 152 The Burmese Tyrants Revenge
323
Chapter 153 Betrayed by a Portuguese Nobleman
325
Chapter 154 The Burmese Attack Prome
328
Chapter 155 The Fall of Prome
331
Chapter 156 The Fall of Meleitay
333
Chapter 157 New Military Alliances
335
Chapter 158 Journey to the Land of the Calaminhan
337
Chapter 159 The Pagoda of Tinagogo
338
Chapter 160 The Festival of Xipatilau
341
Chapter 161 The Frightful Penitents of Tinagogo
344
Chapter 162 Encounter with a Portuguese Woman
348
Chapter 163 At the Palace of the Calaminhan
352
Chapter 164 News of the Redeemer
356
Chapter 165 A Brief Description of the Calaminhans Empire
361
Chapter 166 Strange Races and Places
364
Chapter 167 Funeral Rites for the Holy Rolim
366
Chapter 168 Election of the New Rolim
370
Chapter 169 The New Rolim Ascends the Holy Throne
375
Chapter 170 Escape from Burmese Captivity
378
Chapter 171 Back in Goa
380
Chapter 172 The Ambassadress from Java
382
Chapter 173 The Javanese Lay Siege to Pasuruan
384
Chapter 174 The Amucks Sally Forth
386
Chapter 175 The Pasuruans Attack Again
387
Chapter 176 A Portuguese Renegade
389
Chapter 177 A Young Assassin
391
Chapter 178 Anarchy in Demak
393
Chapter 179 Struggle over a Life Raft
395
Chapter 180 Ransomed from Slavery
397
Chapter 181 Portuguese Mercenaries in Siam
399
Chapter 182 The King of Siam Poisoned by the Queen
401
Chapter 183 The Good King of Siam
404
Chapter 184 The Queen and Her Lover Usurp the Throne
408
Chapter 185 The Burmese Invade Siam
411
Chapter 186 The Siege of Ayuthia
413
Chapter 187 The Final Burmese Assault
415
Chapter 188 Rebellion in Pegu
417
Chapter 189 The Marvelous Kingdom of Siam
419
Chapter 190 The Burmese Tyrant Assassinated
421
Chapter 191 The Abominable Crime of Diogo Soares
425
Chapter 192 Stoned by the Mob
428
Chapter 193 The Xemindo Proclaimed King of Pegu
430
Chapter 194 The Burmese Recapture Pegu
432
Chapter 195 Permission to Sack Pegu Denied
434
Chapter 196 The Chaumigrems Triumphant Entry into Pegu
437
Chapter 197 The Xemindo Captured and Condemned
439
Chapter 198 The Execution of the Xemindo
441
Chapter 199 Funeral Rites for the Xemindo
444
Chapter 200 The Second Voyage to Japan
445
Chapter 201 The Prince Avenges His Fathers Death
449
Chapter 202 Two Japanese Passengers Taken Aboard
451
Chapter 203 With Francis Xavier in Malacca
453
Chapter 204 Repairing the Fleet
457
Chapter 205 Diogo Soares Saves the Day
460
Chapter 206 Victory in the Perlis River
463
Chapter 207 Francis Xaviers Revelation
465
Chapter 208 Francis Xavier in Japan
468
Chapter 209 An Invitation from the King of Bungo
471
Chapter 210 At the Court of Bungo
474
Chapter 211 Francis Xavier and the Japanese Bonzes
478
Chapter 212 Theological Disputations
482
Chapter 213 The Disputations Continue
485
Chapter 214 The Miracle of the Sloop
489
Chapter 215 The Death of Francis Xavier
493
Chapter 216 The Miracle of Incorruptibility
498
Chapter 217 The Final Resting Place of Francis Xavier
500
Chapter 218 A Letter from the King of Bungo
501
Chapter 219 Anarchy in Malacca
503
Chapter 220 En Route to Japan
505
Chapter 221 Arrival in China
507
Chapter 222 Earthquake in China
511
Chapter 223 The Farce of the Wooden Hands
513
Chapter 224 Embassy to the King of Bungo
517
Chapter 225 Failure of the Evangelical Mission
519
Chapter 226 Return to Portugal
521
Notes
525
Glossaries
635
Gazetteer
649
Bibliography
655
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