The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian: Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East, Volum 2

John Murray, 1875 - 606 pāgines

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Pāgina 129 - And be these juggling fiends no more believed, ;>< That palter with us in a double sense; That keep the word of promise to our ear, And break it to our hope.
Pāgina 228 - They are Idolaters, and are dependent on nobody. And I can tell you the quantity of gold they have is • '. '• ' • '. . endless; for they find It in their own Islands, /and the King does not allow it to be exported.
Pāgina 332 - The children that are born here are black enough, but the blacker they be the more they are thought of; wherefore from the day of their birth their parents do rub them every week with oil of sesame, so that they become as black as devils.
Pāgina 338 - I can assure you that during all that space of forty years she had administered her realm as well as ever her husband did, or better ; and as she was a lover of justice, of equity, and of peace, she was more beloved by those of her kingdom than ever was Lady or Lord of theirs before.
Pāgina 28 - Sea, — a very long way, equal to 80 or 100 days' journey. And the name of the River is KIAN-SUY. The multitude of vessels that navigate this river is so vast, that no one who should read or hear the tale would believe it. The quantities of merchandize also which merchants carry up and down this river are past all belief.
Pāgina 342 - You must know," Marco Polo says, "that these Abraiaman are the best merchants in the world, and the most truthful, for they would not tell a lie for anything on earth.
Pāgina 225 - ... They have but one deck, though each of them contains some 50 or 60 cabins, wherein the merchants abide greatly at their ease, every man having one to himself. The ship hath but one rudder, but it hath four masts ; and sometimes they have two additional masts, which they ship and unship at pleasure.2 [Moreover the larger of their vessels have some thirteen compartments or severances...
Pāgina 152 - The assertion that there is a greater amount of tonnage belonging to the Chinese than to all other nations combined, does not appear overcharged to those who have seen the swarms of boats on their rivers, though it might not be found strictly true.
Pāgina 149 - Polo said that he once beheld at that city 15,000 vessels at one time. And you may judge, if this city, of no great size, has such a number, how many must there be altogether, considering that on the banks of this river there are more than sixteen provinces and more than 200 great cities, besides towns and villages, all possessing vessels? Messer Marco Polo aforesaid tells us that he heard from the officer employed to collect the Great...
Pāgina 315 - And there are about the King a number of Barons in attendance upon him. These ride with .him, and keep always near him, and have great authority in the kingdom ; they are called the King's Trusty Lieges. And you must know that when the King dies, and they put him on the fire to burn him, these Lieges cast themselves into the fire round about his body, and suffer themselves to be burnt along with him.

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