By Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard, Norman P. Zacour

The six volumes of A heritage of the Crusades will stand because the definitive heritage of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of data and research of the heritage, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval global.

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Among many other events of interest, Chardin tells an amusing story of the manner in which a French Ambassador, “who made himself an Ambassador of his own Head, without Letters of Credence,” reached Isfahan and was received with honour by the complacent Persians, who took Europeans a great deal at their own valuation. The reception of this ambassador and other envoys gives Chardin an opportunity for describing the magnificence of the Court, and here he is at his best. The Place Royal, as he terms it, was carefully swept and watered.

This was the city so admirably described by Chardin. Shah Abbas worked incessantly to restore prosperity to Persia by putting down brigandage with an iron hand and by encouraging trade and agriculture. Unfortunately, like most Oriental potentates, he was afraid of his heirs and either killed or blinded his sons. He confined his grandsons to the harem, to be brought up by eunuchs and women, with the inevitable result that he had no capable successor and the dynasty rapidly declined and ultimately fell most ignominiously.

They were of Opinion to send them to him by an Express-Boat, which they certainly ought to have done; But M. Blot, one of the Directors of the Company, imagining there was no pressing Business in them, said there was no need of being at that Expence; and that there was an Indian Vessel belonging to the Broker of the French Company, which was Sailing for the Coast of Malabar, and that they might be sent that way. The Spirit of Covetousness prevail’d, and the Packets were given to the Indian Vessel: But mark the fatal End of it.

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