Gypsies: From the Ganges to the Thames

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Univ of Hertfordshire Press, 2004 - 126 pages
In this book Donald Kendrick begins by considering the many controversial and conflicting theories about the origin of the Gypsies. After updating his earlier account of their journey from India to Constantinople, he follows their route to the Balkans during the Ottoman period and their journey into central and western Europe where, for a brief golden age, they passed themselves off as pilgrims and penitents and were welcomed as skilled musicians, acrobats and metalworkers who brought an exotic element into a feudal society. An "Egyptian" fortune-teller was recorded in London at the end of the fifteenth century and a "gypsy" had his ears cut off and was transported to Virginia in 1715. --From publisher's description.
 

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Contents

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The Battle of Ain Zarba
24
In the Byzantine Empire c 9001454
33
Introduction Europe in the fourteenth century
43
Flight to the west
50
The Great Company
56
Letters of safe conduct
65
Crossing the Channel
71
The Narikuravar
78
The Dom or Nawwar
84
W R Rishi and the Chandigarh Connection
90
Further Reading
101
Notes to Appendix Two
121
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