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Contemporaries of Marco Polo ❮Download❯ ➽ Contemporaries of Marco Polo ➸ Author Manuel Komroff – Thomashillier.co.uk Marco Polo was not the first traveler to visit the East nor was he the only medieval traveller to give us a record of his journey He was preceded by several travellers who visited the Mongol Courts an Marco Polo was not the first traveler to visit the East nor was he the only medieval traveller to give us a record of his journey He was preceded by several travellers who visited the Mongol Courts and brought back to Medieval Europe vivid records of a strange Eastern Civilization Marco Polo visited the court of the last great Khan, Kublai but by that time the empire was already starting to disintegrateWilliam of Rubruck and John of Pian de Carpini both visited the courts of Kuyuk and Mangu, the two great Khans before Kublai Contemporaries of PDF/EPUB ² Their journals preserve for the modern reader an intimate and striking portrait of the great Mongol civilizationBut even before these men, Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela journeyed further into the eastern countries than any of his predecessors While Europe was going through the Dark Ages he found a culture which studied many of the Greek and Latin classicsFinally, about twenty years after Marco Polo, Friar Odoric was sent east as part of an extended missionary movement His narrative describes in detail many places that Marco Polo failed to mention Contemporaries of Marco Polo brings back into print the journals of these four medieval travellers Flawlessly edited by Manuel Komroff, these journals provide a unique and invaluable glimpse into medieval times and lost civilizations, and are works of art in themselves.


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  1. Mike Mike says:

    Somewhere I saw a recommendation that we should read original sources whenever possible, rather than just rely on later interpretations This 3 Star book brings the stories of travel in the medieval world written by the original wanderers Three of the travelers roamed from Europe to China before Marco Polo and one after Polo s time Not the most exciting writing but very instructive on the societies and how people lived Three were Christian monks friars and one was a rabbi First up althoug Somewhere I saw a recommendation that we should read original sources whenever possible, rather than just rely on later interpretations This 3 Star book brings the stories of travel in the medieval world written by the original wanderers Three of the travelers roamed from Europe to China before Marco Polo and one after Polo s time Not the most exciting writing but very instructive on the societies and how people lived Three were Christian monks friars and one was a rabbi First up although his story was the last in the book strange was Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela, who spent the years 1160 1173 on the road Leaving Saragossa, Spain he traveled extensively His story started boring, a catalogue of Jewish communities as he made his way east But the story picks up as we reach Greece view spoiler The Greeks who inhabit the country are rich, and possess great wealth in gold and precious stones They dress in garments of silk, ornamented with gold and other valuable materials They ride upon horses, and, in their appearance they are like princes The country is rich, producing all sorts of delicacies, as well as abundant bread, meat, and wine They are well skilled in the sciences, and live comfortably, every man under his vine and his fig tree The Greeks hire soldiers of all nations, whom they call barbarians, for the purpose of carrying on their wars with the sultan of the Thogarmim, who are called Turks They have no martial spirit themselves, and like women, are unfit for warlike enterprises. hide spoiler The Jews of that age are treated horrendously by the Greeks and others He travels to Baghdad and describes a world that would soon disappear at the hands of the Mongols But it is almost magical, the Caliph rules over such diverse territory The Jews are a valued part of the community and are very numerous One thing that stands out is that a traveling Jew would almost always find someone of his her faith to stay with The Diaspora is extensive.John of Pian de Carpini is sent by the Pope to the Great Khan and arrives just as Kuyuk is elected Khan after Ogotai dies His is a shorter account but gives a good idea of the desolation caused by the Mongols and the great amount of killing His journey across the steppes is a good description of just how vast the territory is He was 65 when he started out, pretty old for such a journey but he survives.William of Rubrick comes next and his travel journal is the most extensive of the four He really gives a good idea of how the Mongols lived The most detailed accounts of the Mongols and their empire Friar Odoric travels well after Kublai Khan and the Marco Polo era, about 25 years later He spends 12 years on the road and goes the furthest Pretty decent reading, if you understand the Christian clerics have a far amount of looking at things through a religious lens Well worth the time to read the people who saw and walked the territory The one thing I want to learn is what the impact of the Mongols was on the Islamic world besides devastating You get a little on the status of the Persians and Arabs but not detailed Need to find an Islamic contemporary of these contemporaries


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