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The Gaelic Maundeville (Author: John Maundeville)

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Under that hall stand four and twenty pillars of gold, and its walls are filled with the skin of the animal called panther. No blood is redder than that skin, and it hath the best odour in the world, and when the sun is shining upon it 'tis hard for any eye to behold it owing to the excellence of its sheen. And the excellence of its odour letteth not evil air near the place in which it is, and it is worth its own weight of gold.