Bondage and Travels of Johann Schiltberger: A Native of by Johannes Schiltberger

By Johannes Schiltberger

The courses of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made to be had edited (and occasionally translated) early money owed of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, involves a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works through authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and masking voyages to the hot international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This quantity comprises an English translation of the extreme tale of Johann Schiltberger (1381-?1440), who used to be captured in conflict as and enslaved by way of Bayezid I. at the latter's defeat through Timur (Tamburlane) in 1402, Schiltberger fell into the fingers of the mythical Scourge of God, and in his provider and that of his sons, he travelled to Armenia, Georgia and different Caucasian territories, down the river Volga, to Siberia and to the Crimea, finally escaping and returning to his domestic in 1427.

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9. . 1 Of the first combat between King Sigmund and the Turks . 1 How the Turkish king treated the prisoners . 4 How Wyasit subjugated an entire country . 6 How Wyasit made war on his brother-in-law, and killed him 7 How Weyasit drives away the king of Sebast . 1 0 What sixty of us Christians had agreed upon . 10 How Wyasit took the city of Samson . . 1 2 Of serpents and vipers . . 1 2 How the Infidels remain in the fields with their cattle, in winter and summer . . 1 4 10. How Weyasit took a country that belonged to the Sultan .

It is most likely that he received sufficient encouragement from the people to induce him to attempt to regain his liberty, and, at a favourable moment, he and four of his Christian comrades made their escape and succeeded in reaching the coast at Poti,* where they had hoped to find some friendly vessel that would receive them. Failing in this, they rode along the shore to the hills in Lazistan, and one evening, after dark, had the good fortune to communicate, by means of signal fires, with a European ship off the land.

How Wyasit subjugated an entire country. *(1) And after he passed the river called the Saw, he sent orders to Karipoli that we were to be taken across the sea; and when we were taken across the sea, we were taken to the king's capital called Wursa, where we remained until he himself came. And when he arrived in the city he took the Duke of * Styrian historians have overlooked this statement of Schiltberger. H. CHAP. ] DISTRIBUTION OF PRISONERS. 7 Burgony and those the duke had saved, and lodged them in a house near to his palace.

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