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0268 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 268 (Color Image)

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    R surrounding the King of Gold they laid hand to sword and said to the king, either he LT will go with them immediately or they will put him to death. When the king saw FB LT it he was afraid and had great wonder at it and said to them, And how now can this LT be, fair sons, and what is it that you say ? Why do you treat me thus, and where do you LT FB wish me to come? You shall come with us • willy nilly, say they, to our master the

  •  Prester Johan, say they. And they told him that he should not be so rash as to send for help; that they would kill them and that then he would cause the death of his own people. And if he came with them, truly he will have no harm and will not lose his kingdom. Then the King of Gold made commandment to his sons and to his people that they should not come near him, and left then' that they should govern the kingdom until he returned.'


FB VB V   when the King of Gold hears this name of Prester Johan, • and saw that indeed

he must go to the Prester Johan he has so great wrath that it wants but little LT that he does not die of grief, and he says to them, Ah, good sons; have mercy, fair FB FB sons, for God's sake. Now have I not honoured you enough in my lodging and loved LT LT you, you know well, • as my own sons? Yet you wish to put me into the hands of Prester FB FB Johan and of my mortal enemies . If you do this you will surely do great evil and very LT VB great villainy and great disloyalty. And they said that it must be so. And he prayed the knights rather to kill him. But when no prayer nor the reminder of his kindness availed anything, he was forced to go with them; and being near the border of his land he was soon in R FB the land of Prester Johan. And then they take him back again to their lord the Prester R Johan by force, while none of his men could help him ever. And when the Prester Johan VB FB VB hears of the taking of his enemy and sees him he has very great joy at it. He received him with terrible and threatening words reminding him of the benefits done and how much he had FB been loved by him and loved and honoured above all the rest. •And he tells him that he is ill FB FB come. The King of Gold he does not answer a word nor know what he ought to say LT VB about it, for the great fear which he had of him, • but only begged for mercy confessing his VB fault. Then after many threatening words, while the King of Gold expected the sentence of FB death, the Prester Johan commands that this King of Gold be taken immediately and VA VB led outside and that they make him watch his flocks, that he might be lord in command FB only of sheep and other animals, • and that he should be well guarded. And then the King of R FB LT Gold dressed in common clothes was taken and set to watch his flocks. And the Prester Johan made them do this to him for despite of him and to insult and to show that VB V he was nothing. And in that office the King of Gold stayed in very great misery •watching

1 Part at least of this passage seems to be corrupt:— ... tanto ardito chel mandasse per sochorso

cheli   eche puo elli iera per morir dalaso ,.ente ... (fol. 62r°)