The voyage of Master Henry Austell by Venice and thence to Ragusa ouer land, and so to Constantinople: and from thence by Moldauia, Polonia, Silesia and Germanie to Hamburg, &c.
The 9. of Iune we tooke shipping at Harewich and the next day landed at the Ramekins in the Isle of Walcheren with very stormy weather, and that night went to Middleburch in the same Island.
The twelft we tooke shipping for Holland, and the 13. we landed at Schiedam: and the same day went to Delft by boat, and so that night to the Hage.
The 17. we tooke shipping at Amsterdam, and the 18. we landed at Enckhuysen.
The 19. we tooke shipping and by the Zuydersee we passed that day the Vlie, and so into the maine sea; And the next day we entred into the riuer of Hamburg called the Elbe.
The 21. we came to anker in the same riuer before a towne of the bishop of Breme called Staden, where they pay a certaine toll, and specially for wine, and so that night wee landed at Hamburg, where we stayde three dayes.
The 24. wee departed from Hamburg in the company of Edward Parish Marchant, and that day wee baited at Wyntson, and so ouer the heathes we left Lunenburg on the left hand, and trauailed all that night.
The 25. we met with Master Sanders vpon the heathes, and passed by a towne of the duke of Lunenburg called Geftherne,1 and from thence through many waters, wee lay that night within an English mile of Brunswig.
The 27. we lay at Halberstat, which is a great towne subiect to the bishop of that towne.
The 28. we baited at Erinsleiben: and there wee entred into the duke of Saxon his countrey: and the same night we lay at a town called Eisleben, where Martine Luther was borne.2
The 29. we passed by Mansfield, where there are many Copper mines: and so that night went to Neuburg vpon the riuer of Sala; 3 and at that time there was a great faire.
30. we baited at a proper towne called Iena vpon the same riuer and the same night wee lay at Cone vpon that riuer.
The first of Iuly we baited at Salfeld: and the same day we entred first into the great woods of fine trees, and that night to Greuandal.
The second to dinner to Neustat.
The 3. day to dinner at Bamberg: and before wee came to the towne wee passed the riuer of Mayne that runneth towards Arnfurt, and that night to Forchaim.
The 4. we came to Nurenberg, and there stayed two dayes.
The 6. to bed to Blayfield.4
The 7. we passed without Weissenburg to dinner at Monhaim, and that night we passed the riuer of Danubius at Tonewertd,5 and so to be to Nurendof.
The 8. we came to Augspurg, otherwise called Augusta, vpon the riuer of Lech.
The 9. we lay at Landsberg vpon the said riuer, in the duke of Bauars countrey,
The 11. to dinner to Parcberk,8 and that night to Sefelt in the Archduke of Austria his countrey.
The 12. to dinner at Inspruck, and that night to bed at Landeck, where there is a toll, and it is the place where Charles the fift and his brother Ferdinand did meet. And there is a table of brasse with Latine letters in memorie thereof.
The 13. we passed by Stizen, and dined at Prisena, and so that night to Clusen.9
The 14. to dinner at Bolsan and to bed at Neumark, and by the way we passed the dangerous place, where so many murthers haue bene committed.
The 15. to dinner at Trent: That day we entred the borders of Italy, that night to Lenigo.10
The 16. to dinner at Grigno, where the last toll of the Emperour is: and so we came by Chursa, which is a streight passage. And the keeper thereof is drawne vp by a cord into his holde. And that night we went to Capana to bed in the countrey of the Venetians.
The 17. to dinner at castle Franco: by the way we stayed at Taruiso, and there tooke coche, and that night came to Mestre to bed.
The 18. in the morning we came to Venice, and there we stayed 15. dayes. In which time the duke of Venice called Nicholas de Ponte died, and we saw his burial. The Senators were continually shut vp together, as the maner is, to chuse a new duke, which was not yet chosen when we departed from thence.
The 2. of August at night wee did embarke our selues vpon the Frigate of Cattaro, an hauen neere Ragusa.
The 3. we came to a towne in Istria called Citta noua.
The 4. we came to Parenzo, and so that night to Forcera of the bishop.
The 5. we passed by Rouigno: and a litle beyond we met with 3. Galies of the Venetians: we passed in the sight of Pola; and the same day passed the gulfe that parteth Istria from Dalmatia. 11
The 6. of August we came to Zara in Dalmatia, a strong towne of the Venetians: and so that night to Sebenico, which standeth in a marueilous goodly hauen, with a strong castle at the entrie thereof.
The 7. we came to Lezina, and went not on shoore, but traueiled all night.
The 8. we passed by a very well seated towne called Curzola, which standeth in an island of that name.
The 9. in the morning betimes we landed at Ragusa, and there stayed three daies, where we found many friendly gentlemen.
The 11 being prouided of a Ianizarie we departed from Ragusa in the company of halfe a dosen Marchants of that towne: and within 6 miles we entred into the countrey of Seruia. So trauailing in barren and craggie mountaines for the space of foure dayes, wee came by a small Towne of the Turkes called Chiernisa, being the 14. of the moneth; and there wee parted from the Marchants.
The 16. we dined in a Cauarsara hi a Towne called Focea, 12 Or, Fochia. being then greatly infected with the plague.
The 17. we lay by a Towne called Taslizea.13
The 20. we came to Nouibazar.
The 21. we parted from thence, trauailing stil in a countrey very ill inhabited, and lying in the fields.
The 22. we passed within sight of Nicea. Or, Nissa.
The 23. we passed in sight of another towne called Circui: 14 and about those places wee began to leaue the mountaines, and to enter into a very faire and fertile countrey, but as euill inhabited as the other, or worse.
The 27. we came to Sophia, where wee stayed three dayes, being our Ianizaries home: and by good chance we lay in a Marchants house of Ragusa, that came in company with vs from Nouibazar; and also wee had in company, euer since wee came from Focea, a Turke which was a very good fellow, and he kept with vs till we came very neere Constantinople.
The first of September we came to Philippopoli, which seemeth to be an ancient towne, and standeth vpon the riuer of Stanuch. 15
The 4. we came to Andrinopoli, a very great and ancient towne, which standeth in a very large and champion16 countrey, and there the great Turks mother doth lye, being a place, where the Emperours of the Turkes were wont to lye very much.
The 5. we lay in one of the great Cauarzaras that were built by Mahomet Bassha with so many goodly commodities.
The 6. we lay in another of them.
The 8. we came to Siliueri,17 which by report was the last towne that remained Christian.
The 9. of September wee arriued at the great and most stately Citie of Constantinople, which for the situation and proude seate thereof, for the beautifull and commodious hauens, and for the great and sumptuous buildings of their Temples, which they call Moschea, is to be preferred before all the Cities of Europe. And there the Emperour of the Turkes then liuing, whose name was Amurat, kept his Court and residence, in a marueilous goodly place, with diuers gardens and houses of pleasure, which is at the least two English miles in compasse, and the three parts thereof ioyne vpon the sea: and on the Northeast part of the Citie on the other side of the water ouer against the Citie is the Towne of Pera, where the most part of the Christians do lye. And there also wee did lye. And on the North part of the saide Towne is the Arsenal, where the Galies are built and doe remaine: And on the Southside is all the Ordinance, artilerie, and houses of munition. Note that by the way as wee came from Ragusa to Constantinople, wee left on our right hand the Countreys of Albania, and Macedonia, and on the left hande the countreys of Bosnia, Bulgaria, and the riuer of Danubius.
The 14. of September was the Turkes Beyram18 that is, one of their chiefest feastes.
The 16. we went to the blacke Sea called Pontus Euxinus, and there vpon a rocke we sawe a piller of white Marble that was set vp by Pompeius: and from thence we passed to the other side of the water, vpon the shore of Asia and there we dined.
The 25. we departed from Constantinople.
The 29. we came to an ancient Towne called Cherchisea, that is to say, fourtie Churches, which in the olde time was a very great City, now full of scattered buildiugs.
The 4. of October wee came to Prouaz, one dayes iourney distant from Varna vpon the Blacke Sea.
The 9. we came to Saxi19 vpon the riuer of Danubius.
The 10. we passed the said riuer which in that place is about a mile ouer, and then we entered into the countrey Bogdania Or, Moldauia: they are Christians but subiects to the Turkes.
The 12. we came to Palsin vpon the riuer Prut.20
The 14: wee came to Yas21 the principall Towne of Bogdania, where Peter the Vayuoda prince of that Countrey keepeth his residence, of whom wee receuied great courtesie, and of the gentlemen of his Court: And he caused vs to be safe conducted through his said Countrey, and conueyed without coste.
The 17. we came to Stepanitze.22
The 19. we came to Zotschen,23 which is the last towne of Bogdania vpon the riuer of Neister, that parteth the said countrey from Podolia.
The 20. we passed the riuer of Nyester and came to Camyenetz 24 in the countrey of Podolia, subiect to the king of Poland: this is one of the strongest Townes by nature and situation that can be seene.
The 21. we came to Skala.25
The 22. to Slothone, or Scloczow.26
The 24. to Leopolis27 which is in Russia alba, and so is the most part of the countrey betwixt Camyenetz and it. And it is a towne very well built, well gouerned, full of trafique and plentifull: and there we stayed fiue dayes.
The 30. we baited at Grodecz, and that night at Vilna28
The first of Nouember in the morning before day wee passed without the Towne of Iaroslaw, where they say is one of the greatest faires in all Poland, and chiefly of horses, and that night to Rosdnoska.31
The thirde to Sendxizow,34 at night to Tarnow, and that night wee mette with the Palatine Laski.
The fift to Kuhena.37
The 6. to Cracouia the principall Citie of all Poland: at which time the King was gone to Lituania: for he doeth make his residence one yeere in Poland, and the other in Lituania. Cracouia standeth on the riuer of Vistula.
The 9. wee departed from Cracouia, and that night wee came to a village hard by a Towne called Ilkusch,38 where the leade Mines are.
The 10. wee passed by a Towne called Slawkow: where there are also leade Mines, and baited that day at Bendzin,39 which is the last tome of Poland towards Silesia; and there is a toll.
Salt digged out of mountaines in Poland Note that all the Countreys of Poland, Russia alba, Podolia, Bogdania, and diuers other Countreys adioyning vnto them, doe consume no other salt but such as is digged in Sorstyn mountaine neere to Cracouia which is as hard as any stone; it is very good, and goeth further then any other salt. That night we lay at Bitom,40 which is the first Towne of Silesia.
The 12. we passed by a great towne called Strelitz, and that night we lay at Oppelen vpon the riuer of Odera.
The 14. we passed by Olaw,43 and that night we came to the Citie of Breslaw, which is a faire towne, great, well built and well seated vpon the riuer of Odera.
The 16. we baited at Neumargt.44
The 18. we passed by Naumburg through Gorlitz vpon the riuer of Neiss, and that night lay without Reichenbach.
The 19. wee passed by Baudzen and Cannitz,47 and that night to Rensperg.
The 20. we passed by Hayn, by Strelen, were we should haue passed the riuer of Elbe, but the boate was not there, so that night we lay at a towne called Mulberg.
The 21. we passed the said riuer, wee went by Belgern, by Torga, by Dumitch: and at night to Bretch.
The 22. wee passed the Elbe againe at Wittenberg, which is a very strong towne, with a good Vniuersitie: and that day we passed by Coswig.
The 23. wee passed through Zerbst in the morning, and that night at Magdeburg, a very strong Towne, and well gouerned as wee did heare. The most part of the Countrey, after wee were come one dayes iourney on this side Breslawe to this place, belongeth to the Duke of Saxon.
The 24. wee passed by a castle of the Marques of Brandenburg called Wolmerstat, and that night we lay at Garleben.
The 25. wee lay at Soltwedel.
The 26. at Berg.
The 27. we baited at Lunenborg, and that night we lay at Winson.
The 28. we came to Homborg, and there stayed one weeke.
The 5. of December wee departed from Hamborg, and passed the Elbe by boate being much frosen, and from the riuer went on foote to Boxtchoede, being a long Dutch mile off, and there we lay; and from thence passed ouer land to Emden.
Thence hauing passed through Friseland and Holland, the 25. being Christmas day in the morning we came to Delft: where wee found the right honourable the Earle of Leicester with a goodly company of Lords, knights, gentlemen, and souldiers.
The 28. at night to Roterodam.
The 29. to the Briel, and there stayed eight dayes for passage.
The fift of Ianuary we tooke shipping.
The 7. we landed at Grauesend, and so that night at London with the helpe of almightie God.
1 Gifhorn, on the river Aller.
2 10th November, 1483.
9 Autstell thus crossed the Alps by Trent and not by the Brenner, which would seem the most direct route to Venice.
10 Probably a misprint for Levigo.
11 Gulf of Quarnero.
15 The Maritza.
16 Flat —“the Champion fields with corn are seen,” (Poor Robin, 1694).
18 Bairam is the designation of the only two festivals annually celebrated by the Turks and other Mohammedan nations. The first is also called Id-at-Fitr, “the festival of the interruption,” alluding to the breaking of the universal fast which is rigorously observed during the month Ramazan. It commences from the moment when the new moon of the month Shewel becomes visible, the appearance of which, as marking the termination of four weeks of abstinence and restraint is looked for and watched with great eagerness. The second festival, denominated Id-al-Asha or Kurban Bairam, “the festival of the sacrifices,” is instituted in commemoration of Abraham offering his son Isaac and is celebrated seventy days after the former, on the 10th of Zulhijjah, the day appointed for slaying the victims by the pilgrims at Mecca. The festival lasts four days. At Constantinople the two bairams are celebrated with much pomp. Amurath III, son of Selim II.
19 Tsakchi, S. E. of Galatz.
22 Stephanesti, on the frontier between Moldavia and Bessarabia.
24 on the river Smokriz.
25 A market town on the Podhoree, S. of Zeryz.
26 Czorkorw, on the Sered.
27 Lemberg, also called Leopol.
28 Probably Sandova — Wisznia.
37 Perhaps, Kozmice.
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