The travels of Bertrandon de la Brocquière: to Palestine, and his return from Jerusalem overland to France, during the years 1432 & 1433

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At the Hafod press, by J. Henderson, 1807 - History - 336 pages
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Page 237 - Dymodiquef, a good town, inclosed with a double wall. It is defended on one side by a river, and on the other by a large and strong castle, constructed on an elevation which is almost round, and which may contain within its extent three hundred houses. In the castle is a dungeon, wherein I was told the Turk keeps his treasure. From. Demetica we came to YpsalaJ; it has been a tolerable town, but is totally destroyed. I crossed the Mariza a second time. * Perhaps Larissa -(Seres), in Phrygia. -(- Demetica?...
Page 217 - Amurath, to negotiate a peace between these two princes. Sir Benedicto, in honour of my lord of Burgundy, gave me a gracious reception. He even told me, that to do mischief to the Venetians, he had contributed to make them lose Salonica, taken from them by the Turks ; and certainly in this he acted so much the worse, for I have since seen the inhabitants of that town deny JESUS CHRIST, and embrace the mohammedan religion.
Page 139 - They are not turned up, and have but four nail holes, two on each side. The nails are square, with a thick and heavy head. When a shoe is wanted, and it is necessary to work it to make it fit the hoof, it is done cold, without ever putting it in the fire, which can readily be done because it is so thin. To pare the hoof they use a pruning knife, similar to what vinedressers trim their vines with, both on this as well as on the other side of the sea.
Page 116 - Alexandria two or three days afterward; but, during this short interval, we witnessed a feast, celebrated by the Moors in their ancient manner. It began in the evening at sun-set. Numerous companies, scattered here and there, were singing and uttering loud cries. While this was passing, the cannon of the castle were fired, and the people of the town launched into the air,. '' bien hault et bien loing, une maniere de feu plus gros que le plus gros fallot que je veisse oncques allume.
Page 246 - Gallipoli, the comarch, which is three aspers for each man, and five for each horse. It is the same at the passage of the Danube. Whenever his soldiers go on an expedition, and make a capture of slaves, he has the right of choosing one out of every five. He is, nevertheless, thought not to love war, and this seems to me well founded. He has, in fact, hitherto met with such trifling resistance from Christendom that, were he to employ all his power and wealth on this object, it would be easy for him...
Page 222 - Formerly it was surrounded by cloisters, and was threemiles, as they say, in circumference. It is now of smaller extent, and only three cloisters remain, all paved, and incrusted with squares of white marble, and ornamented with large columns of various colours *. The gates are remarkable for their breadth and height, and are of brass. This church, they say, possesses one of the robes of our Lord, — the end of the lance that pierced his side, — the sponge that was offered him to drink from, —...
Page 121 - Sour, has a similar situation. It is supplied with excellent water from a spring a quarter of a league to the southward of the town, conducted to it by an aqueduct. I only passed through ; and it seemed to be handsome, though not strong, any more than Seyde, both having been formerly destroyed, as appears from their walls, which are not to be compared to those of our towns. The mountain near Sur forms a crescent, the two horns advancing as far as the sea : the void between them is not filled with...
Page 224 - Trebisonde, seemed very handsome, but as I was at a distance I wished to have a nearer view ; and I was also desirous to see how she mounted her horse, for it was thus she had come to the church, attended only by two ladies, three old men, ministers of state, and three of that species of men to whose guard the Turks intrust their wives. On coming out of St. Sophia...
Page 112 - I own that my first movement was to lift my fist at him, but the moucre, throwing himself between us, pushed me aside, and very fortunately for me he did so ; for in an instant we were surrounded by thirty or forty persons, and if I had given a blow I know not what would have become of us. I mention this circumstance to show that the inhabitants of Damascus are a wicked race, and consequently care should be taken to avoid any quarrels with them. It is the same in other Mohammedan countries. I know...
Page 105 - I have performed this journey, assert that it is safe. I thought, nevertheless, that nothing was impossible for a man to undertake, who has a constitution strong enough to support fatigue, and has money and health. It is not, however, through vain boasting that I say this ; but, with the aid of God and his glorious mother, who never fail to assist those who pray to them heartily, I resolved to attempt the journey. I kept my project secret for some time, without even hinting it to my companions :...

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