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  • Cynthia J Ley
    Wasn t someone here looking for info on Gypsies? A friend of mine works for Blackwell s and sent this info. Please contact her directly at
    Message 1 of 1 , May 11, 2004
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      Wasn't someone here looking for info on Gypsies? A friend of mine works
      for Blackwell's and sent this info. Please contact her directly at
      <aetheria@...> if it was you.


      > Gypsies: From the Ganges to the Thames
      > by Donald Kenrick
      > University of Hertfordshire Press
      > ISBN 1-902806-23-9
      > $14.95
      > Scholars have argued for centuries over the origin of the Gypsies. Donald Kenrick tells their story in this book. Part One, which traces their migration from India to Persia, their life under Arab rule in the Middle East and their arrival in Constantinople, was first published in 1993 and has been translated into twelve languages including Romani.
      > In this new book he begins by considering the many controversial and
      > conflicting theories about the origin of the Gypsies. After updating his earlier account of their journey from India to Constantinople, he follows their route to the Balkans during the Ottoman period and their journey into central and western Europe where, for a brief golden age, they passed themselves off as pilgrims and penitents and were welcomed as skilled musicians, acrobats and metalworkers who brought an exotic element into a feudal society. An "Egyptian" fortune-teller was recorded in London at the end of the fifteenth century and a "gypsy" had his ears cut off and was transported to Virginia in 1715.
      > In conclusion he looks at the Gypsies' distant relatives who stayed in India or stopped off on the way west and who still carry on a nomadic life in Iran and neighboring countries. A final chapters explains how links are being forged between Europe's last nomads and modern India.
      > Two appendices, one on the Romani language, and the other an intriguing and controversial account by the Romani linguist and activist, Marcel Courthiade, of Kannauj, their original home on the banks of the Ganges, round off this unique history of the first immigrants from the Indian sub continent.
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