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Zincali, The: an account of the gypsies of Spain

by George Henry Borrow

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Still one of the classics on the subject of Gypsy life, the author states that, "The greater part of it has been written under very peculiar circumstances, such as are not in general deemed at all favourable for literary composition: at considerable intervals, during a period of nearly five years passed in Spain - in moments snatched from more important pursuits - chiefly in ventas and posadas, whilst wandering through the country in the arduous and unthankful task of distributing the Gospel among its children."

George Borrow was a remarkable linguist. With his mastery of the Gypsy tongue, he was able to gain a perspective on this extraordinary people which has, in the past 150 years, never been surpassed. This eBook, which preserves the revised and improved 4th Edition of "The Zincali" includes special chapters and appendices dealing with the language and dialects of Gypsies throughout Europe, as well as verbatim translations of their religious obiesances.

Colorfully presented in portrait orientation, this eBook features footnotes which appear on the pages on which they are referred and is fully-searchable and fully-printable. (230pp)

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A classic, detailed, anecdote-filled account of the Spanish and other European Gypsies

Excerpted from The Zincali - An Account of the Gypsies of Spain [E-BOOK: MICROSOFT READER] by George Borrow. Copyright © 2000. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
It is impossible to state for certainty the exact year of their first appearance in Spain; but it is reasonable to presume that it was early in the fifteenth century; as in the year 1417 numerous bands entered France from the north-east of Europe, and speedily spread themselves over the greatest part of that country. Of these wanderers a French author has left the following graphic description:

'On the 17th of April 1427, appeared in Paris twelve penitents of Egypt, driven from thence by the Saracens; they brought in their company one hundred and twenty persons; they took up their quarters in La Chapelle, whither the people flocked in crowds to visit them. They had their ears pierced, from which depended a ring of silver; their hair was black and crispy, and their women were filthy to a degree, and were sorceresses who told fortunes.'



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