UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)




The people in London are so many that one would consider it every day crowded, and I heard that in addition to persons visiting there are at all times three hundred thousand people to be found there, and, I believe, there must be food for these.

The inhabitants are a handsome people of moderate physique, and the womenfolk especially are very beautiful, clear and pale of complexion, tall, kind to foreigners, whom they greet with kiss and curtsey.

... As I went from there by a small gate into the city I encountered a crowd of Saracen girls whom armed robbers had just brought from Ethiopia, and as they were selling them they had dressed them in very fine clothes.