History of the Mongols: The Mongols proper and the Kalmuks

Longmans, Green, and Company, 1876

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Pàgina 251 - IN Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree : Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of fertile ground With walls and towers were girdled round : And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ; And here were forests ancient as the hills, Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
Pàgina 539 - This King George six years ago departed to the Lord a true Christian, leaving as his heir a son scarcely out of the cradle, and who is now nine years old. And after King George's death his brothers, perfidious followers of the errors of Nestorius, perverted again all those whom he had brought over to the church, and carried them back to their original schismatical creed. And being all alone, and not able to leave his majesty the cham, I could not go to visit the church above-mentioned, which is twenty...
Pàgina 539 - Testament and the psalter, and have caused them to be written out in the fairest penmanship they have; and so by writing, reading, and preaching, I bear open and public testimony to the law of Christ. And I had been in treaty with the late King George, if he had lived, to translate the whole Latin ritual, that it might be sung throughout the whole extent of his territory; and whilst he was alive I used to celebrate mass in his church, according to the Latin ritual, reading in the before-mentioned...
Pàgina 536 - Kaan one day summoned before him his astrologers, both Christians and Saracens, and desired them to let him know which of the two hosts would gain the battle, his own or Prester John's. The Saracens tried to ascertain, but were unable to give a true answer ; the Christians however did give a true answer, and showed manifestly beforehand how the event should be. For they got a cane and split it lengthwise, and laid one half on this side and one half on that, allowing no one to touch the pieces. And...
Pàgina 253 - Ladies and theirs, so that there shall be full 10,000 tents in all, and all fine and rich ones. And I will tell you how his own quarters are disposed. The tent in which he holds his courts is large enough to give cover easily to a thousand souls. It is pitched with its door to the south, and the Barons and Knights remain in waiting in it, whilst the Lord abides in another close to it on the west side. When he wishes to speak with any one he causes the person to be summoned to that other tent. Immediately...
Pàgina 83 - ... his nominal kingdom, and he therefore gave his son Oghotai orders to destroy Ghazni. This was done in the usual Mongolian manner ; and on pretence of insurrectionary movements in Herat and Merv, similar fates were decreed for those cities. After a lengthened siege Herat fell ; and it is related, that for a whole week the Mongols ceased not to kill, burn, and destroy.
Pàgina 248 - I'll tell you how it stands. They take a horse from those at the station which are standing ready saddled, all fresh and in wind, and mount and go at full speed, as hard as they can ride in fact. And when those at the next post hear the bells they get ready another horse...
Pàgina 265 - Miichin, extending for a space of forty days' journey, and this has been paved throughout, so that travellers and their animals may get along during the rainy season without sticking in the mud.
Pàgina 254 - These two furs of which I speak are applied and inlaid so exquisitely, that it is really something worth seeing. All the tent-ropes are of silk. And in short I may say that those tents, to wit the two audience-halls and the sleeping-chamber, are so costly that it is not every king could pay for them. Round about these tents are others, also fine ones and beautifully pitched, in which are the Emperor's ladies, and the...
Pàgina 36 - Khan's voice is compared to thunder in the mountains, his hands were strong like bear's paws, and with them he could break a man in two, as easily as an arrow may be broken. He would lie naked near an immense brazier in the winter heedless of the cinders and sparks that fell on his body, and on awakening would mistake the burns merely for the bites of insects. He ate a sheep a day and drank immense quantities of kermis (fermented mare's milk).

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