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galleys over against Castel Nuovo until morning,
and went on shore. And the captain of the
horsemen could not withstand them, and escaped
unto the mountain. And they encompassed the
city round about, and cast up banks against it,
and took the suburbs of the city on that day* ;
and they set up five rams on the sabbath-day,
and battered its walls until they were come
downt. And on the first day of the week, on
the twenty-seventh day of the month, they came
into the city with a mighty hand, and besieged
the fort which was nigh unto the sea; and the
Turks delivered it into their hand, and made a
covenant with them. And the fort, which was
above the city, was delivered unto Don Ferrand
Gonzaga on the next day, and he made a covenant
with them also. By reason of the multitude of
the whoredoms of the men of Ragusa, they deli-
vered the forts, for they sent letters unto them
from the part of the captain of horsemen, saying,
“ Go ye out to them for peace,

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and
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will deliver your lives from deaths.” But he knew nothing of it, and this never came into his hearts. The men of Ragusa also, who were in the city,

* Comp. Num. xxxv. 4, 5; Neh. ix. 25. + Deut. xxviii. 52.

I Jos. ii. 13. s Jer. vii. 31; xix. 5; xxxij. 35.

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CASTEL NUOVO SACKED, A.M. 5299.

made a conspiracy* with one of those who were placed by the ramst which were in the midst thereof to destroy them. And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found outf, and they burned both him and them with fire, so they went down into the pits. And the officers of the uncircumcised put into the midst of the city about four thousand Spaniards and weapons of war, and greatly strengthened themselves. But they remembered not their covenant, and that which came forth from their lips they violated, and took the men and the goods on the third day of the month Tebeth two hundred and ninety-nine, and drave them away captive unto their own country, and sold them for bondmen and bondwomen in the four corners of the earth. And of the fairest of the women, Andrea Doria sent unto the emperor a present; and he clothed them in silk and they remained there until this day.

Also a Jew who was there, was taken in their destruction; and they brought him into Italy, and he was ransomed there after the ransom of the captives. Also the uncircumcised of the inhabitants of the city they afflicted much, and made their lives bitter.

* 1 Kings xvi. 20; 2 Kings xi. 14; 2 Chr. xxv. 27.
+ i. e. With an artillerist.
# Esth. i. 23.

§ Num. xvi. 36.
| Is. xi. 12.

Exod. i. 14.

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And they killed many by tortures to bring out their hidden treasures. And their cry went up toward heaven.

1000. And the captain of the emperor's hosts returned to Italy, and there died of them much people of sore diseases*. The hand of the Lordt was also upon the Spaniards who returned, and the ship was broken under them in the seas of Calabria; they sank as lead I, not even one of them remainedş. Some of those also who came unto Sicily the inhabitants of Messina slew; and most of them perished, for they had set their hearts upon entering into the city with a strong hand. And there was the plague in the ships of Andrea Doria; they also drank the cup of trembling|l; so let all thine enemies perish, O Lord.

1001. And on the first day of the month of January, in the year one thousand five hundred and thirty-nine, came Morato**, the chief captain of the horsemen of Solyman against Castel Nuovo, and three captains of the host with him; and they brought with them six battering-rams, and drew nigh unto the city. And the Spaniards went out

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2 Chr. xxi. 18.

+ Deut. ii. 15. I Exod. xv. 10.

& Exod. viii. 31. || Is. x; li. 22.

| Jud. v. 31. ** 10879. Von Hammer III.

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against them when they came, and fell upon

them suddenly, and slew many with the edge of the sword. And the Turks fled from before them, and left there the rams; and as for the rest, their life was a prey unto them. And the uncircumcised took the rams, and returned unto the city with gladness.

1002. In those days, Solyman went with a mighty hand against Hungary; and the Turks utterly destroyed wherever their foot trod. And the choicest of their women and of their children they took to themselves, and returned with gladness to their own country.

1003. In that year, Henry removed the graven images, and overthrew the consecrated altars, and hewed down their groves*. And the priests who were in his kingdom, in England he commanded, that they should take wives unto themselves; and unto the sisterst, that they should belong unto husbands at that time. And on those who rebelled against his word he executed judgments, and many fled away, or were driven from his country, for he turned after Luther, and was an enemy unto the priests all the days.

1004. And the wife of the emperor died when she had hard labor in travailt, on the first day of * Comp. Deut. vii. 5 ; xii. 3. + i. e. Nuns.

# Gen. xxxv. 16, 17.

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the month of May; and they buried her in the sepulchres of the kings, and honored her much. And it was told unto the emperor, that his mother also died, for she was old. And he lifted up his voice, and wept very sore, for the sorrow was great*. And he and his nobles clothed themselves with mourning; and their faces gathered blacknesst.

1005. And the ships of the emperor went unto Castel-Nuovo, laden with corn, and bread, and meats, and men of valor, to place them instead of those men, whose soul was weary of sitting in the fort; and they returned unto their own country.

1006. And Barbarossa, which is Chairedding, wentout from the seas of Constantinople with much people and with a strong hand. And his galleys were two hundred; and he came unto Castel Nuovo on the seventeenth day of the month of July, which is the fifth month, and also a mixed multitude went out with him, and at their head were Dragut and Ziput||, who went to make spoil in the countries of their enemies; this was their manner all the whiles. And the Spaniards warred against them daily, and set up the rams round about, and battered its walls. And

* Comp. Gen. xxvii. 38.
+ i. e. Expressed sadness. Is. iv. 3 ; Joel ii. 6.
# Gen. xlv. 23.

Sometimes spelled Haradin.
Il . T 1 Sam. xxvii. 11.

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