[Sidenote: Astrscan.] All Which Way There Is No Citie, But
Onely Certaine Cottages Neere Vnto That Place Where Etilia Falleth Into The
Those Bulgarians are most wicked Saracens, more earnestly professing
the damnable religion of Mahomet, then any other nation whatsoeuer.
The description of Baatu and his court.] Moreouer, when I first
behelde the court of Baatu, I was astonied at the sight thereof; for his
houses or tents seemed as though they had bene some huge and mighty citie,
stretching out a great way in length, the people ranging vp and downe about
it for the space of some three or four leagues. And euen as the people of
Israel knew euery man, on which side of the tabernacle to pitch his tent:
euen so euery one of them knoweth right well, towards what side of the
court he ought to place his house when he takes it from off the cart.
[Sidenote: Horda signifieth the midst.] Wherupon the court is called in
their language Horda, which signifieth, the midst: because the gouernour or
chieftaine among them dwels alwaies in the middest of his people: except
onely that directly towards the South no subiect or inferiour person
placeth himselfe, because towards that region the court gates are set open:
but vnto the right hand, and the left hand they extend themselues as farre
as they will, according to the conueniencie of places, so that they place
not their houses directly opposite against the Court. At our arriual we
were conducted vnto a Saracen, who prouided not for vs any victuals at all.
The day following, we were brought vnto the court and Baatu had caused a
large tent to be erected, because his house or ordinarie tent could not
contain so many men and women as were assembled.
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