East Indies
December 1571

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W. Noel Sainsbury (editor)

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1864

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'East Indies: December 1571', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2: 1513-1616 (1864), pp. 9. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=68563 Date accessed: 23 August 2014.


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December 1571

1571?18. “Newes from Persia from Mr. [Thomas] Bannester.” Landing of the Turks’ army in the island of Cyprus, after great loss. They remained three or four months, but could not prevail. About 20 Dec. last came a great power by sea from Venice and other parts of Christendom, whereupon the Turks fled; many were slain, and six galleys sunk. All Turkey quakes; they have a prophecy that the time is coming when they shall be overthrown by Christians, who they term misbelievers. Mecca and other parts of Arabia in rebellion. News that a woman king in Christendom hath given the Pope's power a great overthrow. It is much talked all Turkey through that a woman should be of that force; that she hath taken by sea many ships with great treasure. This hath “much relieved my spirits in this troublesome journey.” The Portugals have had great wars with the Queen of Malabar and other Princes of India for three years; the Queen forced to peace; her son killed going a pilgrimage to Mecca, where Mahomet lies. They look for great store of spices. The Turks’ Ambassador much offended that this Prince would suffer any Christians to come hither. [One page. East Indies, Vol. I., No. 3. Indorsed, as above. Written by Thos. Bannester in his [the fifth] voyage to Persia. See Hakluyt, I., p. 445. Cyprus was taken by the Turks in 1571.]