The Travels of Macarius, Patriarch of Antioch; Novogorod, Moscow and the Cossack Country Volume . 7

The Travels of Macarius, Patriarch of Antioch; Novogorod, Moscow and the Cossack Country Volume . 7

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...their beards, and their flowing robes, which are rich and splendid. We associated with them in secret, and conversed with them in Turkish: they told us, that they had to pay annually to the Emperor a sum of six thousand dinars; and they bring him rhubarb and fine musk. The rhubarb grows in the province of Siberia. Some Persian physicians told us, afterwards, that the stalks of this plant are precisely what we call fjy j, and the roots are the rhubarb. It grows abundantly in Persia; but that which is found in Tartary is the largest, most abundant, and of the finest quality. From its roots shoot forth numerous green stalks, with very large leaves. The animal producing musk, we were told, is found in the deserts between Siberia and Khotaikhotah (Uail_sla -); the latter of which countries, the Tartars say, is distant from them more than a three-years' march. They call the Emperor of Sin, Chin and Machin, Cafir Soltan. They told us, that the Soltan Addhahab, or the Gold Emperor, is near them. Among themselves, they call Christians, Cossacks; and churches they call monasteries. They said they had formerly mosques, with minarets, built of stone; which this Patriarch, Nicon, sent and had destroyed. They are under very great restraint, and are subject to a severe police, during their stay in this capital: they are never allowed to walk out alone, without a janissary following them; and no one ventures ever to speak with them, but in secret, as we did. After they had presented their tribute to the Emperor, they began to sell the rhubarb and musk they had brought with them. The high-priced rhubarb was at thirty dinars the pood, which is thirteen okkas: the inferior, as low as twelve dinars. The bags of musk (g) they sold privately; and we used to...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236613597
  • 9781236613592