Embassy to Tamerlane: 1403-1406 (Broadway Travellers) Volume by Ruy Gonza?lez de Clavijo

By Ruy Gonza?lez de Clavijo

'Clavijo used to be so willing and clever an observer and so vigorous a store of trip gossip that it is a very welcome boost to the series.' New StatesmanCovering hundreds of thousands of miles, Clavijo's epic trip begun and led to Cadiz taking in Rhodes, Constantinople, the Black Sea, and primary Asia.Guy Le Strange's huge advent provides very good old and political history for the account and the cloth is supplemented with seven maps and plans.

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All round the town lie orchards and vineyards and country houses. This island is always garrisoned by a hundred Knights of the Order of St John, under a Lieutenant and they hold the castle and the town in force. Thursday the 6th of September we again set sail, but for the whole of that day the vessel made little way on account of a contrary wind, and the next day Friday it was the same for the like cause. Further it was impossible to make long tacks by reason of the numerous islands that lay on every hand, with the mainland of Turkey over against us and near by.

These marble pillars are all set one beside the other in a line, being thirty-seven in number and each stands on a great white block of stone. Above they are connected one with another by a series of low arches, and these support a gallery through which one may walk from end to end having a balustrade with battlements to enclose the one side. The upper work built on these arches is of a height only to come up breast-high, and the whole is constructed of slabs of white marble of which indeed the gallery is built also.

We had abandoned the ship in this fashion because of the head wind that continued ceaselessly to blow preventing the vessel for a time from making the harbour of Constantinople. No sooner had we arrived than forthwith we took counsel with friends seeking advice as to how the journey onward might best be arranged; for the season was late and the winter was already coming upon us. CHAPTER III CONSTANTINOPLE ON the following Sunday which was the 28th of October the Emperor [Manuel] sent for us the Ambassadors, and we passed over [the Golden Horn] from Pera to Constantinople in a boat.

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