To See the Mongols 6: The Road from Karakorum

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Friar William wraps up his affairs at the court of Mongke Khan and heads for home. Today, we cover his last audience with the khan, cross the walls of Alexander, and advise King Louis IX as to the future of the crusades. Thanks for listening!

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Sources, with Amazon links below: 

  • Carpini, Giovanni. The Story of the Mongols: Whom we Call the Tartars, translated by Erik Hildinger. Branden Books, 1996. 
  • The Mission of Friar William of Rubruck, translated by Peter Jackson. The Hakluyt Society, 1990. 
  • The Mongol Mission: Narratives and Letters of the Franciscan Missionaries in Mongolia and China in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, edited by Christopher Dawson. Sheed & Ward, 1955. 
  • Rachewiltz, Igor de. Papal Envoys to the Great Khans. Faber & Faber, 1971.