A Pilgrim from Xanadu: How a Christian Monk from Beijing Discovered Medieval Europe

DateNovember 4, 2021
Time6:00 - 7:30 pm
LocationVirtual/online event
DescriptionIn the 1280s, the Chinese emperor Kubla Khan urgently needed to ally with Christian Europe against the kingdoms of Islam. For such a mission to explore those strange new worlds and new civilizations, what better envoy to choose than the brilliant Christian monk Rabban Bar Sauma? The first hand records of Bar Sauma’s amazing mission allow us to trace his odyssey from Beijing to Baghdad, and on to Rome and Bordeaux.
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PublisherInstitute for Studies of Religion
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