112. At Arles lie buried, according to old tradition, the Peers
of Charlemagne and their ten thousand men at arms. Archbishop
Turpin, in his famous History of Charles the Great, XXX., Rodd's
Translation, I. 52, says:--
"After this the King and his army proceeded by the way of Gascony
and Thoulouse, and came to Arles, where we found the army of
Burgundy, which had left us in the hostile valley, bringing their
dead by the way of Morbihan and Thoulouse, to bury them in the
plain of Arles. Here we performed the rites of Estolfo, Count of
Champagne; of Solomon; Sampson, Duke of Burgundy; Arnold of
Berlanda; Alberic of Burgundy; Gumard, Esturinite, Hato, Juonius,
Berard, Berengaire, and Naaman, Duke of Bourbon, and of ten
thousand of their soldiers. "
Boccacio comments upon these tombs as follows:--
"At Arles, somewhat out of the city, are many tombs of stone,
made of old for sepulchres, and some are large, and some are
small, and some are better sculptured, and some not so well,
peradventure according to the means of those who had them made;
and upon some of them appear inscriptions after the ancient
custom, I suppose in indication of those who are buried within.
The inhabitants of the country repeat a tradition of them,
affirming that in that place there was once a great battle
between William of Orange, or some other Christian prince, with
his forces on one side, and infidel barbarians for Africa [on the
other]; and that many Christians were slain in it; and that on
the following night, by divine miracle, those tombs were brought
there for the burial of the Christians, and so on the following
morning all the dead Christians were buried in them."
113. Pola is a city in Istria. "Near Pola," says Benvenuto da
Imola, "are seen many tombs, about seven hundred, and of
various forms." Quarnaro is a gulf of the northern extremity
of the Adriatic.