The Pictorial History of England; Being a History of the People, as Well as a History of the Kingdom Volume 8

The Pictorial History of England; Being a History of the People, as Well as a History of the Kingdom Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...being now the sole representative of the House of Osman. The news was soon carried throughout the city: it paralysed the janissaries, rhe mob, the men of the law and gospel, and all men; for the most furious Turk among them would not fight in the teeth of a prophecy, or plunge the empire into the abyss by proceeding to extremities against that single life on which the preservation of the name, glory, and very existence, as a nation, of the Osmanlys, was believed to depend. The now-ascertained fate of the bairactar also contributed to calm the popular rage and make the janissaries put their yataghans into their girdles. On the evening of the 16th, when the flames of the grand vizier's palace were extinguished by the absence of any more materials to nourish them, some Turks of the lowest or poorest order approached the stone tower, which remained entire, but all scorched and blackened; and, after removing the ashes and hot rubbish which blocked up the entrance, they forced open an iron door and rushed into the tower, in the expectation of (inding the pasha's treasures. Their progress was stopped by a second iron door at the head of a narrow staircase, which ran within the thick stone walls; but, upon forcing open this second door, they entered a small dark chamber, and there they found, extended on the floor, the bairactar, his favourite wife or slave, and his black eunuch. The three had been asphyxiated, or smothered and choked, by the heat and smoke and the vapour from the wood, burnt into charcoal. And close by the side of the dead pasha-and-vizier they found his bags of gold and his diamonds and jewels. The original discoverers ran away with the treasure-trove; but they took care to tell some janissaries that they had no longer anything to fear...show more

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  • Paperback | 822 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,438g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236505468
  • 9781236505460