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0470 Cathay and the Way Thither : vol.1
Cathay and the Way Thither : vol.1 / Page 470 (Color Image)

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c. 10 and 11. In 1338 Pope Benedict XII and King Philip of France wrote to the Emperor of the East to obtain Martin's liberation, and probably with success, for a Genoese Martin Jaqueria is found in command of the Pope's galleys two years later (Ducange, Hist. de Constant. Pt. ii, p. 103).

Page 57. Andreolo Cathani. For camp read castle. This castle was that of Phoccea Nova or Foglia Nuova as the Latins called it, three hours from ancient Phoccea on the coast of Ionia. Here certain Genoese obtained a grant of the alum-mines in an adjoining hill during the time of Michael Palæologus, and worked them to great profit. When the Turkish power became predominant they made terms with their Mussulman neighbours, and the position was maintained by the Genoese at least till late in the fifteenth century. Andrew Catanea or Cathani, the chief of the settlement in the reigns of the Andronici, is mentioned by several of the Byzantine Historians. The process of extracting the alum at Phocœa is described much as by Jordanus, in the Byz. History of Michael Ducas. (Ducange, Hist. de Constant. ed. 1729. Pt. ii, p. 136 ; Georg. Pachymeres, v, 30 ; Ducce Michaelis Nepotis Hist. Byz., cap. xx).

Page 58. St. John supposed to be asleep at Ephesus. I find this belief is spoken of not only by Sir John Mandeville (p. 136), but by Saint Augustine himself as reported to him by respectable Christian folks of Ephesus. (Romance of Travel, ii, 88).