And all that dwell in that city are Christians. And there is plenty of good wine all around it although the Saracens do not drink wine, for Mahomet cursed all that drink wine, and
p.41this he did in the book which he gave them for keeping their own law, and which is named Al Koran, and others call it Masapair and others Harme. And some men say that it was a hermit whom Mahomet killed when he was drunk with wine, that caused him to make that excommunication. And the Saracens do not eat swine's flesh because it is like to the flesh of human beings. And in the Old Law it was forbidden to eat swine. And neither in Egypt or the country of the Philistines is the flesh of a beef eaten, only that of a sucking calf, or of an old cow that cannot travel.