The Mongols and the West: 1221-1410
The Mongols had a huge impact on medieval Europe and the Islamic world. This book provides a comprehensive survey of contacts between the Catholic West and the Mongol world-empire from the first appearance of Chinggis Khan’s armies in 1221 down to the death of Tamerlane (1405) and the battle of Tannenberg (1410).
This book considers the Mongols as allies as well as conquerors; the perception of them in the West; the papal response to the threat (and opportunity) they presented; the fate of the Frankish principalities in the Holy Land in the path of the Mongol onslaught; Western European embassies and missions to the East; and the impact of the Mongols on the expanding world view of the maturing Middle Ages.
For courses in crusading history and medieval European history.
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chapter 1 Latin Christendom and its neighbours in the early thirteenth century
chapter 2 A worldempire in the making
chapter 3 The Mongol invasions of 12414
chapter 4 A remedy against the Tartars
chapter 5 The halting of the Mongol advance
chapter 6 Images of the enemy
the Mongols in the Near East
chapter 10 Mission to the infidel
chapter 11 Traders and adventurers
chapter 12 A new world discovered?
The authenticity of Marco Polos travels
Genealogical tables and lists of rulers