By Henry Yule (editor)
The courses of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early bills of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, comprises a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works by way of authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and masking voyages to the recent global, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This quantity, first released in 1866, is the 1st of 2 compilations edited through Colonel Henry yuletide on contacts with China prior to the invention of sea routes to the east. Yule's targeted introductory essay surveys the background of ecu contacts with the east, starting with the Greek geographers and going as much as the 13th century. He then offers the narratives of the Franciscan Odoric of Pordenone and different missionary friars within the fourteenth century.
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Thomas's martyrdom, 375; miracles on the spot, 376 (note, Legends of St. Thomas); grants made to St. Thomas, 377. . Monstrous creatures discussed, 378; St. Augustine's opinion, 379; six-fingered people; hairy girl; other monsters, 380; exceptions, and not constituting species; never could hear of such from anybody in his travels; origin of the story of the Sciapodce, 381; the chatyr, or umbrella. —At Columbum a majestic and venerable Brahman appears seeking baptism, 381; his extraordinary story, 382; is instructed for three months and baptised.
PRELIMINARY ESSAY. xlv centuries later than Pliny ;x yet in the interval a j aster idea of the facts had been published by Pausanias, who knew that silk was spun by insects which the Seres tended for the purpose. Either there was sounder knowledge on the subject afloat in the mercantile world which the poets ignored, sticking to the old literary tradition of the fleecy leaves as they did to the Descend O Muse; or Pausanias must have had some special source of information. The former solution of the difficulty would be the most probable, if the error were confined to the poets, but when we find a sober historian like Ammianus adopt the tale, we seem forced upon the latter.
His late decease and the grief at his funeral. —Their malice to the Catholics, 249; their numbers and wealth; the whole country might be converted if they would be at one with the friars. ) Concerning the great favour which the Grand Caan beareth towards the (Catholic) Christians. —He supplies all their necessities, and those of the churches, and encourages them to preach the faith in the pagan temples. III. CATHAY UNDER THE MONGOLS : EXTRACTED FROM RASHIDTTDDIN's HISTORY (circa 1300—1307). Introductory Notice.