William Biddulph

One of the earliest chaplains appointed by the Levant Company to minister to the spiritual needs of English merchants resident in Aleppo, Protestant clergyman William Biddulph published an account of his life and travels in 1609 under the title The Travels of a Certaine Englishmen. His account contains one of the earliest known descriptions of coffee consumption in the East, and while in Turkey he noted, “it is no rare matter for popish Christians of sundry other countries to cut cabin (as they call it), that is, to take any woman of that country where they sojourn (Turkish women only excepted, for it is death for a Christian to meddle with them).” 

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