Here We Are...
*In the garden of the great palace there is a mountain on which there is another palace, and it is the finest and richest one could imagine
*All the walls are covered with red skins that are from animals called pacies
*These skins are as red as blood, and so shiny in the sun that one can barely look at them.
* In the middle of the palace there is a raised platform that is adorned everywhere with gold and precious stones and large pearls
*All around there are large gold nets, and cloths made of silk and gold hang everywhere from this platform
*At the head of the hall is the emperor’s throne which is made of fine precious stones bordered all around with fine gold
*The steps to the platform are all made of different precious stones and set in gold.
*The emperor has his table all to himself that is made of gold and precious stones and white or yellow crystal bordered with gold and stones-
*Whether with amethyst, or with lignum aloes, which comes from Paradise, or with ivory set in and bordered with gold.
*At great feasts, gold tables are brought in with gold peacocks or other kinds of birds all made of gold and enameled and very nobly wrought-
*And they are made to dance and flutter and beat their wings, and great tricks are done with them
*All the vessels with which food is served in his halls and his rooms are made of precious stones
*All their goblets are of emeralds and sapphires, of topazes, peridots, and many other stones.
*They do not value silver enough to make vessels from it, but they use it to make steps and pillars and paved floors in the halls and rooms.