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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)

Chapter 13: Reasons for the impact of this army of Manes, its marching order and its ceremonial,   pp. 1-6

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greatly aided by the cruel spectacle they had carried out as a
warning, while if he fell short in anything they promised him rewards
for those deeds of of his which merited them. Furthermore, for
greater security they left in their forts a sufficient number of their
own men to frustrate any disturbance or uprising. The generals went on
their way with so little fear or expectation of rebellion that they
left behind their own sons, real or putative, as was explained when
funerals were discussed.
- --The fathers entrusted their sons with the obedience of the new
kings, whom they threatened with severe penalties if they failed to
carry out their obligations, in any respect. Nor were the sons to fail
to treat the kings and lords with all respect and delicacy, as their
fathers requested them, saying that they should pay attention to them
as if they uere actually their sons and as if the kings were the
higher rulers of their lands. The Manes took away as soldiers /f.85v/
those who were the most powerful and vigorous. The ones who remained
were always those with the least capacity for ill-doing, since the
Manes had made a meal of anyone who had improved himself. Such people
have normally few cares, while the rich man can never be at ease.
Hence the saying in the Gospel about the rich man: 'Soul, thou has much
goods laid upt, etc. (Luke 12.19). So much for the second matter of
the chapter. I omit many other slighter happenings which followed
these conquests, since they are not as relevant for this work, which
only deals with the more substantial matters and those in which there
is more that is worthy of comment.

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