Dalmatia and Montenegro, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1848 - Bosnia and Hercegovina
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Page 442 - Montenegrines dispersed, and deliberately firing from a lying position on the closed rank of the enemy, are not afraid to attack columns composed of 1000 men with numbers not exceeding 100 or 150. In a pitched battle their movements can be ascertained only by the direction of their standards. They have certain signal-cries which are uttered when they are to join in a compact body for attacking the weaker points of the enemy. As soon as such a signal is given, they rush furiously onwards, break into...
Page 515 - On a rock, immediately above the convent, is a round tower, pierced with embrasures, but without cannon; on which I counted the heads of twenty Turks, fixed upon stakes, round the parapet, the trophies of Montenegrin victory; and below, scattered upon the rock, were the fragments of other skulls, which had fallen to pieces by time; a strange spectacle in a Christian country, in Europe, and in the immediate vicinity of a convent and a bishop's palace.
Page 516 - Europe, and in the immediate vicinity of a convent and a bishop's palace. It -would be in vain to expect that, in such a condition, the features could be well preserved, or to look for the Turkish physiognomy, in these heads, many of which have been exposed for years in this position, but the face of one young man...
Page 438 - The officer horrified at the proposition made an effort to rise, and rejoined his comrades with the assistance of the friendly Montenegrin. " They consider all those taken by the enemy as killed. They carry out of the battle their wounded comrades on their shoulders ; and be it said to their honour they acted in the same manner by our officers and soldiers.
Page 486 - From that time the Episcopal dignity has continued in the Petrovich family, and the successors of Daniele were Basilio, Pietro, Savo, Pietro the late, and Pietro the present, Vladika. " In the year 1 706, the Turks of Herzegovina attacked Montenegro; but this expedition met with a total defeat; and 157 Turks, who were taken prisoners, suffered the ignominy of being ransomed for the same number of pigs.
Page 44 - Turkey, and another runs nearly parallel with the coast, close to which it approaches in the vicinity of Spalato, and extends thence to Montenegro and Albania. The highest peaks are Orien, 6332 feet; Dinara, 6040 feet; and Pastovo, 5929 feet ; and the largest and loftiest part of the northern range is that of Velebich, to the north-east of Zara, which measures 5439 feet. The inland parts of Dalmatia are diversified by undulatory ground, hills, and high mountains ; many of the latter having the same...
Page 357 - ... unsettled and discordant, projects of the Slavonian princes, the unstable friendship of the Hungarians, the selfish views of the Spaniards, and the capricious insolence of the Turks, to the ignominy of whose protection the hostility of Venice obliged it to submit; and the whole career of the Ragusan Republic was a struggle for self-preservation, and the maintenance of its independence in the midst of constant danger.
Page 436 - The Montenegrins spend their leisure time in firing at a target, and are accustomed to this exercise from their boyish years Being inured to hardships and privations, they perform without fatigue, and in high spirits, very long and forced marches; . . . . they climb the steepest rocks, * Given in the British and Foreign Review, p.
Page 438 - FF from the enemy is considered by them as their own, and as a reward of courage. They literally defend themselves to the last extremity : a Montenegrin never craves for mercy ; and whenever one of them is severely wounded, and it is impossible to save him from the enemy, his own comrades cut off his head.
Page 12 - On the north side of the Carpathian mountains their settlements extended from Luneburg, over Mecklenburg, Pomerania, Brandenburg, Saxony, Lusatia, Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Poland, and Russia; and beyond those mountains, where already, at an early period, they were settled in Moldavia and "Wallachia, they continued spreading further and further, until they were admitted into Dalmatia. The kingdoms of Slavonia, Bosnia, Servia, and Dalmatia were gradually formed by them; and at last their possessions...