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Medieval Envoys Connecting Europe And The Mongol Empire

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This chapter introduces a number of thirteenth century individuals who travelled through the Far East during the Mongol rule and the rise of Nestorian Christianity. It also introduced these travellers and their writings to familiarize the reader. These travellers hailed from both continents and journeyed in both directions and included William of Rubruck, Rabban Sauma and John of Montecorvino. Fictional and controversial sources have also been introduced, such as Prestor John and Marco Polo. The letters and accounts produced by these travellers form important sources for the study of Nestorian Christianity in China under the Mongols but do not elaborate on the specifics of the Christian presence in the Far East.

Keywords:John of Montecorvino; Marco Polo; Mongol empire; Nestorian Christianity; Prestor John; Rabban Sauma; William of Rubruck



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