China, or rather Tartary, the capital of which was Albracca,
according to Orlando Furioso. It was called Khita'i by the
Tartars, and China was first entered by Europeans in the Middle Ages
from the side of Tartary.
“Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of
Cathay.” Tennyson: Locksley Hall.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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