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songs, and with three thousand janissaries, and many nobles and honorable men, Turks, were found there at that time.

810. And they removed from Constantinople many of the men of the host on the twelfth day of the same month ; and they carried on waggons one hundred and twenty cannons of brass, and gunpowder in abundance and sling-stones*. And on the fifteenth day of the month, there removed three thousand janissaries, the sultan's bodyguard; and they went into the camp. And on the sixteenth day of the same month, there removed four hundred slaves of the king, bought with his money, riding upon horses, who were clothed in silk clothes embroidered with gold, and their spears in their hands; and fifty waggons covered with purple went after them, and four horses to each of them, and upon them were some of the concubines whom the sultan kept in his house of women, and silver and gold in abundance, and four thousand horsemen went with them to accompany them; and they all went into the camp.

811. And on the seventeenth day of the same month, Solyman removed at the dawn of morning, and four thousand janissaries ran before him. And

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after them ran four hundred camels bearing tents, and two hundred horses covered with silk-coverings and precious stones in abundance. And two thousand horsemen went after them, and the great standard in the middle embroidered with pearls, whose like was not seen in the whole world. And a hundred boys, servants of the king, drave after them riding on horses beautiful to look


who were clothed in golden garments, and each had his spear in his hand; they wore their hair upon their shoulders, and red turbans upon their heads, and above a golden crown round about. And twelve of them wore helmets of brass covered with precious stones, and the last wore a turban embroidered with goodly stones, a wondrous thing, for the merchants of Venice made it, and Ibrahim Pasha bought it for one hundred and forty thousand ducats, and

gave it to Solyman as a present. 812. And after them went one thousand footmen clothed in silk garments, like the brightness of the firmament, and high turbans of gold and white feathers on their heads, and their bows by their sides, and in their midst rode Solyman the king. And he was clothed with purple garments, embroidered with gold, after the manner of Damascus; and the worth of his sword which was on his thigh, and of his dagger, was inestimable. And the turban which he had on his head was covered



with diamonds; and he rode on a horse, upon which
were precious stones in abundance. And four of
them who see his face followed him, and his coun-
cillors, and his nobles, and about two thousand men,
Turks, all men of valor; and their voice was not
and they went on their

unto the

camp. 813. And they came to Adrianople on the twenty-fourth day of the month with gladness and merry hearts, and they remained there nine days : there spake unto the sultan the messengers of Ferdinand, king of Hungary; and he honored them much, and they returned unto their country.

814. Also the messengers of Sofi spake unto him the second time, and they returned unto their own country; and the king sent some Turks to accompany them, and honored them much. .

815. And Solyman removed on the second day of the month of June, and he went in four days unto Sophia, and they encamped there. And the messengers of Venice said unto him,

« Dismiss us our Lord, O king, for it will be no honor unto us to go with thee in the way in which thou goest, for these thine enemies are uncircumcised like unto us. And he sent them from him, and they returned unto their own country. And they removed from Sophia, and went three days' journey, reaching unto Nitzi* ; and they abode there several days.

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And one said unto Solyman, Behold, the woywode of Transsylvania cometh to thee;" and he sent Zinzino Pasha to meet him, and many nobles and honorable men, and two thousand horsemen; and he honored him much. And the woywode came and bowed before Solyman unto the ground, and saluted him, and went from him in peace. And they removed from Nitzi and went unto Tush*, which is by Belgrade, and they encamped there. And Solyman came unto Belgrade on the twentyfourth of the month of June, and they received him with gladness. And they made the likeness of gatest in the streets of the town, and the people of the country were very glad. And all the men of the host removed, and went eastward of Buda, and Ibrahim Pasha also followed them, and thirty thousand horsemen with him. After them followed the king and the nobles, and the people who were with him; and they went also to Buda, and encamped there; and the king sent on the second day of the month of July, Aliondante Galzaaf, unto the king of Poland to make a covenant with him, for he had heard the report of the emperor Charles, and there was not done any thing with him; and also to Tartary he sent to hire thirty thousand horsemen; but he would not hearken.

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And the number of the soldiers whom Solyman brought with him, were three hundred thousand men, and thirty thousand bearers of burdens and tillers of the ground*. And of all the languages of the uncircumcised, there went with him about eight thousand men, and in the midst of them four hundred Italians, all men of valor: and he loved them much.

816. And when the emperor heard it, he went to Ratisbon, and gathered a host, also horsemen in Italy and Germany, and he went the way of the river Danube in ships unto Lientz; and he abode there several days. And he removed thence, and went the way of the river unto Vienna before they came, and spake unto his brother the king of Hungary; and Antonio Leyva [%] went thither also, with the rest of the princes of the host, and they fortified themselves. And they gathered all the men of battle, and his camp increased much. And they encamped in Vienna, and its environs, in those days. And most of the nobles of Italy and Germany, and the pope, and the Venetians, helped the emperor; but the king of France helped him not in that war.

817. Then Andrea Doria, by the emperor's command, prepared seamen to fight against the

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