Batman vppon Bartholome his booke De proprietatibus rerum, newly corrected, enlarged and amended: with such additions as are requisite, vnto euery seuerall booke: taken foorth of the most approued authors, the like heretofore not translated in English. Profitable for all estates, as well for the benefite of the mind as the bodie. 1582.
Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th cent., Trevisa, John, d. 1402., Batman, Stephen, d. 1584.

¶Of Asturia. Cap. 20.

ASturia is a Prouince of the hether Spaine, in the march of Europe and Affrica, as Isidore saith lib. 15. And so they that dwell nigh the riuer Histuri∣um, be called Astures. Their country is closed about welnigh with woodes and mountaines, as he saith. Onely the peo∣ple of ye land, be more pleasing in heart and will, and more frée of heart, & more goodly than other. The Citie is called, Metro. In that lande is scarse of wine, of wheate, and of oyle.

Page  217For the land is colde and not full able to beare such corne and fruite, but there is passing plentie of myle and of chest∣ns. It is said that there growe many manner fruite and apples, of which they make them drinke in stéed of wine, and also they be most rich of beastes, wilde and tame. And (as it is saide) the people is more generallye and kindlye merry and glad, with noble voyce to sing, and swift in course and in running, strong and hardie in battaile, séemely of kinde, faire of shape, after the dispositi∣on of the country and of their land: they be light of tongue to speake to scorne o∣ther men.

(*Asturia a countrey in Spaine, be∣twéene Galitia and Portugall: which sometime was famous for mynes of golde, and ambling hackneies called A∣stureones. D. Cooper in Thesaurus.)