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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.11

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.11
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made preparations to inveft k on all fides. This could cafily be done ; for it is fituated in an open plain, with a river deep enough to bear veflels, called the Mc&e*, which rifes in Turkey, and falls into the Danube near the fea. This river Da-nube is very wide, and has more than four hun-dred leagues of courfe from its fpring to the fea : it would be the moft profitable of rivers to Hungary and the adjoining countries, if the veffels it carries could have a free paffage to the fea, but that is im-poflible ; for, right at its mouth, there is a moun-tain which divides it into two parts, and chokes the paffage : the noife of the water is fo tremen-dous, no velel dares approach it, and it may be heard feven leagues off. • On both fides of the river Meéle are fertile meads, to the great advantage of the inhabitants, and vineyards, which in favourable feafons produce good wines. ' The Turks vintage them, and, when made, they are put into goat fkins, and fold to the Chriftians, for, according to their religion, they are forbidden to tafte wine under pain of death ; atleaft when difcovered fo doing, they are punifhed: they make pleafant beverages of many other ex-cellent fruits and fpices, and are accuftomed to drink much of goat's milk, during the hot weather, to refrefh and cool them. The king of Hungary encamped his army be* fore this town without oppofition, for no one mad* any attempt to prevent the fiege -, nor was there » Meélc. Q; Morava. any 233


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