By Kenneth M. Setton, Robert Lee Wolff, Harry W. Hazard
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The great traveller explains in his preface that, in a previous volume, he deals with his journey from Paris to Isfahan, and I am giving some account of his experiences and reflections in this Introduction. Chardin not only travelled far and wide and studied Persia and its people profoundly, but he realised a handsome fortune by his dealings in jewelry; and when he decided to return home in 1677, he widened his experiences, by following the route via the Cape of Good Hope. Upon the conclusion of his travels, Chardin lived in France for some time but, owing to the persecutions directed against Protestants, which culminated a few years later in the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, he decided to settle in England.
Tavernier, the French jeweller, travelled both in Persia and in India from 1629 to 1675, while Olearius was Secretary to a Mission despatched by the Duke of Holstein, which reached Persia in 1637 and spent a year in the country. Chardin, greatest of them all, was born in Paris in 1643, the son of a wealthy jeweller of the Place Dauphiné. He felt the call of the East as a young man and, in 1664, he started on a journey to the East Indies, accompanied by a Monsieur Raisin of Lyons. Travelling by Constantinople, the Black Sea, Georgia and Armenia, he reached Persia early in 1666, and resided in the country for about eighteen months, during which period he commenced his studies in Persian and Turkish.
I at the same time receiv’d a Piece of News, which confirm’d those Advices. This was, that the Day before, the King getting Drunk, as it had been his daily Custom almost for some Years, fell into a Rage against a Player on the Lute, who did not play well to his Taste, and commanded Nesralibec, his Favourite, Son to the Governour of Irivan, to cut his Hands off. The Prince in pronouncing that Sentence, threw himself on a Pile of Cushions to Sleep.
A History of the Crusades, Volume II: The Later Crusades, 1189-1311 by Kenneth M. Setton, Robert Lee Wolff, Harry W. Hazard
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