National Institute of Informatics - Digital Silk Road Project
Digital Archive of Toyo Bunko Rare Books

> > > >
Color New!IIIF Color HighRes Gray HighRes PDF   Japanese English
0302 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 302 (Color Image)

New!Citation Information

doi: 10.20676/00000271
Citation Format: Chicago | APA | Harvard | IEEE

OCR Text




L L take that city, were a very great number of jesters [57d] and of acrobats of every sort.

L P FB And to remove t'heni from the court the great Kaan calling them together to him said to them P one day that he wishes them to go in conjunction with another army to conquer the PB FB FB K province of Mien, and that he will give them a good captain and good help.' For the king of Mien was not worthy that soldiers should go there to take the land from him, since he had been so foolish that he had rebelled against the great Kaan. The jesters said that they VA FB were gladly willing to obey all his commands. • So the lord had what was needed for an army made ready for them, and gave them a company of men at arms. And then they set themselves on the way with that captain and with that help which the great Kaan gives them FB P and rode so far that they cane to this province of Mien • as he commanded them, that they might conquer it and subdue it to his rule. And what shall I tell you about it ? You may know FB that these jesters with those people who went with them conquer all that province \'B of Mien. And when they have conquered it and are come to the siege of this noble VB VB city they took it in a short time and, being entered into the said city of Mien, when they find FB FB these two towers of which I have told you so fair and so rich, they were all very greatly P astonished at them and dared not destroy them without having first obtained the leave of the great Kaan, and send to tell the great Kaan where he was the likeness of these

V FB two towers and how they were beautiful and of very great value, and what did he wish them to do, for the great wealth which was upon them; and that if he wishes they will take them down and send him the gold & the silver. And the great Kaan, who knew VB VB that that king who had been loved by them in the past had had them made for his tomb VB and soul and that one might have remembrance of him after his death, he immediately made commandment and said that he did not wish that they should be taken down at VB all, but says that he wishes them to stay guarded and respected in such manner as that VB king who had had them made had planned them and appointed; because it was not a laudable thing that the name of the lords worthy of fame and glory should be damaged & broken, and to this day the towers are adorned and well guarded. And it was no wonder, FB because I tell you that no Tartar in the world ever touches a thing of any dead man, z nor anything else[which]might be struck by thunderbolt or lightning or plague, which might

v Z VB happen through divine judgement ; nor • would he • take any tribute from them. • And this is a custom with the Tartars who think it a very great sin to move anything belonging to the dead. z VB They of this province have [58a] elephants enough & large and wild oxen' large and z beautiful; stags, fallow-deer, roe-deer, and all kinds of animals have they in great abundance. Now I have told you of this province of Mien. Now we will leave you

1 LT: et daret eis in socíos illos de cancica, et alas de doyde.

2 VB: homeni saluatichi