The Travels Of Sir John Mandeville By Sir John Mandeville





































 -   And therefore, albeit that men
have greater cheap in the Isle of Prester John, natheles, men dread
the long way - Page 260
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And Therefore, Albeit That Men Have Greater Cheap In The Isle Of Prester John, Natheles, Men Dread The Long Way And The Great Perils In The Sea In Those Parts.

For in many places of the sea be great rocks of stones of the adamant, that of his proper nature draweth iron to him.

And therefore there pass no ships that have either bonds or nails of iron within them. And if there do, anon the rocks of the adamants draw them to them, that never they may go thence. I myself have seen afar in that sea, as though it had been a great isle full of tree, and buscaylle, full of thorns and briars, great plenty. And the shipmen told us, that all that was of ships that were drawn thither by the adamants, for the iron that was in them. And of the rotten-ness, and other thing that was within the ships, grew such buscaylle, and thorns and briars and green grass, and such manner of thing; and of the masts and the sail-yards; it seemed a great wood or a grove. And such rocks be in many places thereabout. And therefore dare not the merchants pass there, but if they know well the passages, or else that they have good lodesmen.

And also they dread the long way. And therefore they go to Cathay, for it is more nigh. And yet it is not so nigh, but that men must be travelling by sea and land, eleven months or twelve, from Genoa or from Venice, or he come to Cathay.

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