MISSION TO ASIA: Narratives and Letters of the Franciscan Missionaries in Mongolia and China in the 13th and 14th Centuries.

by Christopher [Editor] Dawson

Paperback, 1966



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Harper Torchbooks (1966), Edition: 1St Edition, 246 pages


The narratives by John of Plano Carpini and William of Rubruck of their journeys to Mongolia in the middle of the thirteenth century differ from the majority of works in this series. The authors were not canonized saints or beati, and their travels were not missionary journeys in the strict sense, but were more of the nature of political embassies. Nevertheless, they were servants of Christendom as few men have been. They give a first-hand authentic account of the first contact between Western Christendom and the Far East, and this at the moment when the whole oriental world from Korea to Hungary was being turned upside down and remade by one of the greatest catastrophes in the history of the world.

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This is one of my all-time favorite travel memoirs. I read an out-of-print university press copy of this book, so I'm glad it is available now in more recent editions.


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246 p.; 8 inches
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