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4.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty good read, 19 May 2013
This book covers the role of a European Mongol Envoy which the author thinks is an English priest. Unsurprisingly for a work on the 13th century, not everything is sources but the arguements made are backed up as can be via prime sources and logical conclusions. Whilst the Englishman is the selling point of the book, much of it is devoted to the circumstances of his travels and the state of the expanding Mongol borders. The authors citation of evidence tends to be a tad distracting as rather than footnoting, he has inserted in some cases entire documents into the main text. Still, the topic is fascinating and adds a very unique look at both the Mongol invasions as well as the makeup of the 'Tartar yoke'.