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0088 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 88 (Color Image)

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P P carrying the letters & the tablet of gold.' And when they had ridden together some way VA P VB & travelled twenty days marches then the Tartar baron Cogatal who went as messenger with P TA the two brothers fell very ill2 & could not pursue the way & stayed at a city which was VB named Alau. And when Master Nicolau & Master Mafeu saw the baron their companion, VB FB that he was ill[and]through the illness could ride no farther, after many days • it seemed to

  •  the two for the best to leave him,. & so by his wish and by the advice of many, they left him &

  •  set themselves on the way[&]pursued the journey which they had begun: & I tell you that R they were received with the greatest kindness & served & honoured in all places where FB R P they went with all that they needed & could order & escorts were given them • because of the FB P tablet of gold • of the lord's authority •which they had. And what shall I tell you about it ?

V VB L They rode by their days marches until one day they were come sound to Laias a city on the VA sea in Lesser Armeníe; & I tell you that they work hard to go there from the land where FB L the great Kaan was • to Laias in three whole years.' And this happened because they were VB VB FB not always able to ride for the bad weather, for the great cold, & for the snows & ice • & FB great rains which sometimes fell & for the rivers which were swollen that they found• P FB VB in many places,•which they could not cross,• & for the difficulties of the road, which were the VA causes of their long delay. in reaching Laias.

  • IO •   `'A   OW THE TWO BROTHERS CAME TO THE CITY OF ACRE. And from Laias, when

v   they had arrived there & stayed a short time, they went on board a ship & set out

   R V VA   by sea & go off to Acre & in the space of many days arrive there in the middle
of the month of April in the 12604 year from the incarnation of Jesus Christ, & find that Master the Apostle was dead . And when Master Nicolau and Master Mafeüi have

V P P found that the Apostle who had Pope Clement 1111 for name was lately dead, at which they R were exceedingly grieved, they went to a learned clerk who[6b] was legate of that Pope for

  •  the Church of Rome in all the realm of Egipte, who was come to Acre to go to the holy LT places, that is to Jerusalem . He was a man of great authority & influence fluence there & was named P v Teald of the Visconti of Plaj ence . They told him all the embassy for which the great vB Kaan lord of the Tartars sends them to the Apostle . And when the legate had heard

v what the two brothers who were come from so far a land had told him he has great wonder VB VB at it & very great pleasure, & it seems to him that this is a mission from which can come

1 P: quam qui defert deduci debet de loco ad locum a cunctis rectoribus terrarum eins imperio subiectarum cum omnia sua comitiva securus et quamdiu immorari uoluerint in ciuitate uel oppido debet illis de expensis 6- necessariis omnibus integraliter prouideri.—repeating what has been said above. R. reproduces this passage slightly expanded at an earlier point.

2 V L: ` `Cochobal fell ill and died on the way.' '

3 VB: per anj do

4 The true reading is probably 1269; cf. P. 2 5 above.