Hannā Diyāb from Aleppo Witnesses Plague, the Great Frost and Famine in Paris – 1708

Hannā Diyāb was a young Christian from Aleppo. Taken on as a servant by Paul Lucas, a buyer of antiques for Louis XIV, he travelled with him to Europe and, fifty years later, sat down to write a charming and amusing account of his adventures. Translated from the Arabic manuscript by Paul Lunde, The ManContinue reading “Hannā Diyāb from Aleppo Witnesses Plague, the Great Frost and Famine in Paris – 1708”