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his Queen enthroned, 131; head-dress the of te   three

banquets, dresses and hierarchy o

years; numbers of the imperial establishment, 133.

  1. Of the order of the Great Khan when he journeyeth.—The summer

residence at Sandu (Shangtu), 134; the escorts, elephant-carriage, etc., 135 ; aides-de-camp called Cuthe (Kiesie) ; gerfalcons ; number of troops

accompanying the Khan ; monsters kept by the Khan (note).

  1. The greatness of the Khan's dominion ; and how hostels are provided

therein ; and how news are carried to the Lord.—The twelve Singoes (Sing) of the empire, 136 ; its vast extent, 137; hostelries called Pam; horses and dromedaries for expresses, 138 ; foot posts and post houses.

  1. Concerning the Great Khan's great hunting matches.—The forest and keepers, 139 ; great battue, 140 ; etiquettes of the field.

  2. Concerning the four great feasts that the Khan keepeth.—Four annual festivals, 141; costumes, coronets, and ivory tablets of the courtiers ; the astrologers and their manoeuvres, 142 ; the musicians ; presentation of white horses, 143 ; the friars at court ; singing men and women ; cups that fly through the air ; paper money, 144.

  3. Concerning a certain melon that produceth a beast like a lamb.— Melons in Cadeli (Athil or Wolga country) that produce a lamb, 144; the Irish bernacles referred to.

  4. The friar passing from Cathay, describeth sundry lands, as of Prester John and others.—The country of Prester John and exaggerations about him, 146; his city, of Tozan (Tathung), 147; Great Province of Kansan (Kenjan or Singanfu), 148 ; rhubarb.

  5. Concerning the realm of Tibet, where dwelleth the Pope of the idolaters. —Tibet, a great country, 148 ; felt tents ; the royal city (Lhassa) ; the Abassi (Grand Lama), 149 ; fashions of the women, 150 ; extraordinary disposal of the dead and preservation of their skulls, 151.

  6. Of a rich man in Manzi, and how he was fed by fifty maidens.—Burgess of Manzi, his enormous wealth, 152 ; and how he was fed by musical damsels ; splendours of his palace-court ; nails allowed to grow long in Manzi, 153 ; and compression of the women's feet.

  7. Of the old man of the mountain and his end.—Region of Millestorte (of Mnlahidah or the Impious, the Ismaelites or Assassins), 153 ; the Old

Man and his paradise, 154; wicked contrivances to corrupt young men ; how the Tartars brought him to a miserable end, 155.

48. How the friars deal with devils in Tartary.—Grace bestowed on the

Franciscans to expel devils, 155 ; and extraordinary conduct of the demons, 156.

  1. The friar telleth of a certain valley where he saw terrible things.—The valley of the River of Delights (It. Piaceri, the Panjshir ?), 156 ; many corpses ; mysterious music, 157 ; fearful face in the rock, 158 ; hill of sand

and sound of invisible drums (Reg-Rawan near Kabul); silver scales; the Friar coming forth unhurt is much thought of, 159.

  1. Friar Odoric attesteth the truth of his story.—Solemn attestation

appended by order of the Provincial, 159 ; William de Solagna's postscript as to his writing the story from Odoric's dictation.