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Mission to Asia by Christopher Dawson

Mission to Asia

by Christopher Dawson

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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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Originally published: The Mongol mission. London : Sheed and Ward, 1955.
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History of the Mongols / by John of Plano Carpini -- The narrative of Brother Benedict the Pole -- The journey of William of Rubruck -- The letters of John of Monte Corvino, Brother Peregrine, and Andrew of Perugia.

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. [retrieved 12/27/2016 from Amazon.com]
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Previously published as The Mongol Mission by Sheed and Ward, Ltd., 1980.

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