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went to Mantua; and he remained there many days.

768. And Frederico Gonzaga, the marquess of Mantua, honored him, and gat favor in the eyes of the emperor, who made him duke of Mantua at that time. And they sounded with trumpets in the streets of the city; and proclaimed with a loud voice, “ Thus shall it be done to the man whom the emperor delighteth to honor !*" And the city of Mantua rejoiced, and was glad.

769. And the emperor removed from Mantua, and went to Germany, and resided at Regensburgt several days. And thither went also his brother Ferdinand, king of Hungary, and their sister Maria, the wife of the former king, who was drowned, when he Aed before the Turkst. 770. And they bowed before the emperor',

and spake peace to each other, and they came into the tent. And the emperor comforted them; and he spake kindly unto them; and he said to them, "Fear not. And they were glad together at that time. There they took sweet counsel together, and were united against the Turk, who warred in Hungary in those days.

771. And Solyman came again with a strong

.Ratisbon ,ריגנשבורק +

* Esther vi. 9, 11.

+ , . # See page 57, paragraph 662.

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hand, and besieged Vienna; and they discharged guns against it, and the wall fell upon its foundation; and in the midst thereof were many soldiers. And it came to pass, on a day, that the Lord put cowardice into the hearts of the Turks; and they left the breaches of the wall as they were; and returned to their own country.

772. And at the desire of the emperor, the King Francis sent eleven ships of war unto Genoa, to join the squadron of Andrea Doria, the chief of the emperor's host. And the emperor sent him to Africa; for the men of Algiers, by the aid of Barbarossa, brake off from them the yoke of the emperor at that time. And about three thousand men went with him, and the ships were twentynine in number.

773. And they went to Sicily, where there was an open city situated on the sea-coast. And they found there some ships which belonged to the Ishmaelites, and they took nine of them, and the rest they sunk in the sea, for they could not bring them out; and the men who were in them, and the slaves, fled into the city before they came, for they knew them. And they drew nigh to the city, and took it with a mighty hand, and the men of the city fled for their lives; part of them ran into the citadel, and part of them fled to the mountain. There were none left except the slaves, who

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were in the prison-house, and Andrea Doria brought them out free into the ships; and it came to pass, at eventide, that the ships could not remain in their station, for the fierceness of the cannons in the fortress; and they went outside. And the men who were left in the city were dispersed in the streets to plunder, and there were not found two together; and the men of the citadel gave the signal, and the Hagarenes came down from the clefts of the rocks, and the men of the citadel went out also, and fell upon them, and slew them with the edge of the sword; there was not one man of them left. And they that died in that slaughter were about three hundred and sixty men : and of those who were set over them about eight heads died in that time. And the rest cast away their weapons of war, and swam upon the water about a thousand cubits, until they came to the ships; and Andrea Doria trembled much. And he hastened to go to Spain; and to the councillors of Genoa he sent for aid, and their wrath was kindled at this evil report.

774. And when Barbarossa heard what God had done to Andrea Doria, he said, “I will go out on the way against thee, and will make the arrows drunk with blood; for evil is before them*."

* Exod. x. 10.

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And he armed his trained servants, and pursued after Doria, but found him not, and he came into the sea of Provence at that time. And he

. lifted up his eyes, and saw, and behold! two great ships were coming which the men of Genoa sent, and upon them about three hundred men, and plenty of corn and bread, and weapons of war, , and gunpowder.

And Barbarossa went against them, and met them like a bear bereaved of her whelps; and he cast upon them the instruments of his wrath, and one sank into the deep like a stone. And he arrayed a battle against the second, and took her. And he took the captives and the spoil, and returned to Algiers with gladness. And Andrea Doria hastened to his house sullen and angry, and his coming was not heard ; and he sent the king's ships to France, and the French returned every man to his own house.

775. And Florence was straitly shut up; none came out, and none went in. And they went out of the city to war against their enemies as at other times; and many fell slain to the ground in that battle. And the prince of Orange heard that Lastra*, which is on the banks of the Arno, was in the hand of the Florentines, and that soldiers were therein. And Francesco Ferugof com

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SIEGE OF LASTRA.

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manded the garrison, saying, “Stop here to prevent them which bring provisions into [12] the camp. And he sent two chiefs of the hosts of the Spaniards to war with Lastra; and they went and climbed upon the walls in a moment, and the watchmen of the walls slew them, and dashed them down, and cast stones on them. And they warred until sunset; and they went from Lastra, and remained in their place. Also from Florence they sent soldiers to their aid at that time. And it came to pass, about the morning watch, that the Spaniards returned unto the wall, and said, Give us the city, that ye may live and not die.” And the men of the city said, When we shall give the city into your hands, shall we go free ?” And they said, “We will do so :” and they opened the gate, and the Spaniards came into the city; and they took the nobles of the host, and their men they slew with the edge of the sword. And it came to pass, on the next morning, that they blew the trumpets, for the men of the host came whom they sent from Florence; and when the Spaniards saw it, they fortified themselves in the midst of Lastra. And it was told the Florentines, saying, “ The city is taken, and the Spaniards slew also the men of the host with the edge of the sword;” and it grieved the men of Florence, and every man returned to his own place.

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