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Cccxxxvi. Of The Ming History As Having Sent An Embassy To China In 1427.

These embassies were subsequently often repeated.

The country, which lay 22 days' voyage west of Kuli (supposed Calicut, but perhaps Kayal), was devoid of grass or trees. (Bretschneider, Med. Res., II. pp. 305-306.)

[Ma-huan (transl. by Phillips) writes (J.R.A.S., April 1896): "In the nineteenth year of Yung-lo (1422) an Imperial Envoy, the eunuch Li, was sent from China to this country with a letter and presents to the King. On his arrival he was most honourably received, and was met by the king on landing and conducted by him to his palace." - H.C.]

NOTE 2. - The words describing the horses are (P.'s text): "de bons destriers Arrabins et chevaux et grans roncins a ij selles." The meaning seems to be what I have expressed in the text, fit either for saddle or pack-saddle.

[Roncins a deux selles. Littre's great Dictionary supplies an apt illustration of this phrase. A contemporary Eloge de Charles VII. says: "Jamais il chevauchoit mule ne haquenee, mais un bas cheval trotier entre deux selles" (a cob?).]

In one application the Deux selles of the old riding-schools were the two styles of riding, called in Spanish Montar a la Gineta and Montar a la Brida. The latter stands for the old French style, with heavy bit and saddle, and long stirrups just reached by the toes; the former the Moorish style, with short stirrups and lighter bit.

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