An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon in the East Indies eBook

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Of the King’s great Officers, and the Governors of the Provinces.

The two Greatest Officers in the Land.  The next Great Officers.  None can put to Death but the King.  Theso Dissauvas are Durante bene placito.  Whom the King makes Dissauvas.  And their Profits and Honours.  Other benefits belonging to other Officers.  They must always reside at Court.  The Officers under them, viz.  The Cour-lividani.  The Cong-conna.  The Courli-atchila.  The Liannah.  The Undia.  The Monannuh.  Some Towns exempt from the Dissauvas Officers.  Other Officers yet.  These Places obtained by Bribes.  But remain only during pleasure.  Country Courts.  They may appeal.  Appeals to the King.  How the Great Officers Travel upon Public Business.  Their Titles and signs of State.  The misery that succeeds their Honour.  The foolish ambition of the Men and Women of this Country.


Of the King’s Strength and Wars.

The King’s Military affairs.  The natural strength of his Countrey.  Watches and Thorn-gates.  None to pass from the King’s City without Pasports.  His Soldiery.  All men of Arms wait at Court.  The Soldiers have Lands allotted them insted of Pay.  To prevent the Soldiers from Plotting.  The manner of sending them out on Expeditions.  Requires all the Captains singly to send him intelligence of their affairs.  When the War is finished they may not return without order.  The condition of the Common Soldiers.  He conceals his purpose when he sends out his Army.  Great Exploits done, and but little Courage.  They work chiefly by Stratagems.  They understand the manner of Christian Armies.  Seldom hazard a Battel.  If they prove unsuccessful, how he punishes them.


A Relation of the Rebellion made against the King.

A Comet ushereth in the Rebellion.  The Intent of the Conspirators.  How the Rebellion began.  The King flyes.  They pursue him faintly.  They go to the Prince and Proclaim him King.  The carriage of the Prince.  Upon the Prince’s flight, the Rebels scatter and run.  A great Man declares for the King.  For the space of eight or ten days nothing but Killing one another to approve themselves good Subjects.  The King Poysons his Son to prevent a Rebellion hereafter.  His ingratitude.  Another Comet, but without any bad Effects following it.


Chap.  I.

Concerning the Inhabitants of this Island.

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