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 on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early debts of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, contains a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works by way of authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and protecting voyages to the recent international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This quantity includes an English translation of the intense tale of Johann Schiltberger (1381-?1440), who was once captured in conflict as and enslaved by means of Bayezid I. at the latter's defeat by way of Timur (Tamburlane) in 1402, Schiltberger fell into the palms 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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Johann Schiltberger left his home in the year 1394, as he himself informs us, with his master, Leonard Richartinger. That was two years before the. we Hhrnitun. Turckixcher liflfinii von Tiirrlcoi se/hs hesrliri-ihi'ii e t c . , F r a u e k f ' u r t a m M a y n , lT>9o. i j i ; 2 0 7 . r XV111 INTRODUCTION. spent in Hungary, where his lord was in all probability serving in the auxiliary forces under Sigismund, king of that country. He must therefore have been launched into the world when in his fourteenth year only, and whatever the state of his education at that early age, certainly no opportunities could have been afforded him for improving it, during his long term of servitude.

Whilst in the service of * "Joannes Sohildtperger turn puer, Monachi oppidu Bojariee ortus, captus, ob elegantiam forma; a filio Basaitis servatus, hi aula Turcarum educatus et victo Basaite a Tamerlauo rege Persarum, anna victoris secutus est, ct tandem mortuo Tamerlane iu patriam postliminio reversus a Cubiculo Alberto avo Priuoipum nostrorum fuit. 1'—Annalib. j>. , 805. XX11 INTRODUCTION. Bajazet, he was employed as one of his personal attendants in the quality of runner ; he possibly took part in the siege of Constantinople ; was in an expedition sent to Egypt for the relief of the sultan Faradj, when he probably embarked at some port in Cilicia; and in various expeditions in Asia Minor.

And so they defended themselves against the king until the fifth day. And as Weyasit saw that they continued to resist, he sent for more people and ordered arquebuses to be brought, and platforms to be constructed. " The citizens were pleased at this, and the sons of Karaman and their mother, and the chief citizens of the city, opened the gates and went out. And as they were advancing, the mother took a son in each hand and went up 10 JOITANN SCHILTBERGER. [CHAP. 4 . to Weyasit, who, when he saw his sister with, her sons, went out of his tent towards her, and when they were near him they threw themselves at his feet, kissed them, and begged for mercy, and they gave the keys of the gates and of the city.

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