En 04g Crete

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    4g. Crete

    [039/05] 3. From Minno’s writings:

    When I had thus set sail with my people from Athenia, we finally landed on an island which my people named Crete, because of the wild cries that the inhabitants raised on our arrival.[1] But when they saw that we had not come to wage war, they calmed down, so that I could eventually trade a boat with iron goods for a harbor and a piece of land.[2]

    When we had been settled there for a while and they realized that we had no slaves, they were amazed. But once I had explained to them that we had laws by which everyone is judged equally, the people wanted to have such laws too. No sooner had they established them, however, but the whole land was plunged into chaos.

    The princes and priests came and charged that we had made their people unruly, and the folk came to us for aid and protection. But when the princes saw that they were about to lose their dominion, they granted their folk freedom and came to ask me for a book of laws. However, these folk were not used to freedom, and the masters continued ruling as they saw fit.

    When the storm had passed, they began to sow discord among us. They told my folk that I had called on their help to become a permanent king.[3] [040] Once, I found poison in my meat. So when it chanced that a ship from the Flee sailed among us, I quietly took my leave.

    My own experiences aside, with this story I wish merely to show that we cannot live together with Finda’s folk, from wherever they may be, because they are full of false tricks, as much to be feared as their sweet wines with deadly venom.

    The end of Minno’s writings.

    Notes

    1. ‘cries’ (KRÉTA) — Dutch: kreten (noun plural), from verb krijten (to cry).
    2. Compare ch. 4e, [029/20].
    3. Compare other examples of slander, for example [034/10] and [039/01].

    Sandbach 1876

    [p.57 cont.] From the Writings of Minno.

    When I came away from Athenia with my followers, we arrived at an island named by my crew Kreta, because of the cries that the inhabitants raised on our arrival. When they really saw that we did not come to make war, they were quiet, so that at last I was able to buy a harbour in exchange for a boat and some iron implements, and a piece of land. When we had been settled there a short time, and they discovered that we had no slaves, they were very much astonished; and when I explained to them that we had laws which made everybody equal, they wished to have the same; but they had hardly established them before the whole land was in confusion.

    The priests and the princes declared that we had excited their subjects to rebellion, and the people appealed to us for aid and protection. When the princes saw that they were about to lose their kingdom, they gave freedom to their people, and came to me to establish a code of laws. The people, however, got no freedom, and the princes remained masters, acting according to their own pleasure. When this storm had passed, they began to sow divisions among us. They told my people that I had invoked their assistance to make myself permanent king. Once I found poison in my food. So when a ship from [p.59] Flyland sailed past, I quietly took my departure. Leaving alone, then, my own adventures, I will conclude this history by saying that we must not have anything to do with Finda's people, wherever it may be, because they are full of false tricks, fully as much to be feared as their sweet wine with deadly poison.

    Here ends Minno's writing.


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