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The travels of Friar Odoric

Author: Odorico, da Pordenone; Henry Yule, Sir
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., ©2002.
Series: Italian texts and studies on religion and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Odoric, a Franciscan monk from northeastern Italy, spent much of the early fourteenth century traveling throughout Asia. His adventures provided one of the most important Western accounts of life and culture in what is present-day Iran, India, Indonesia, China, Nepal, and Russia."
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Odorico, da Pordenone; Odorico, da Pordenone
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Odorico, da Pordenone; Henry Yule, Sir
ISBN: 0802849636 9780802849632
OCLC Number: 48132083
Description: ix, 174 pages : map ; 20 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Archbishop Antonio Vitale Bommarco, O.F.M., Conv. --
Introduction / Paolo Chiesa --
The Eastern Parts of the World Described / Friar Odoric the Bohemian.
Series Title: Italian texts and studies on religion and society.
Other Titles: Relatio.
Responsibility: Odoric of Pordenone ; translated by Sir Henry Yule.

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"Odoric, a Franciscan monk from northeastern Italy, spent much of the early fourteenth century traveling throughout Asia. His adventures provided one of the most important Western accounts of life and culture in what is present-day Iran, India, Indonesia, China, Nepal, and Russia."

"Setting off only twenty years after Marco Polo's historic trip to the East, Odoric was the only religious traveler to the East whose voyage was recorded, making his account one of unparalleled importance for scholars and historians. Interestingly, Odoric noted the religious and cultural customs of the places he visited, treating their practices with tolerance, respect, and curiosity. He frequently took pains to tell of spectacular things - mountains of salt, impenetrable deserts, mice as big as dogs, trees that produced bread, magic fish, sensational pearls, gigantic tortoises, men with faces of dogs, hens covered in wool, and women equipped with fangs - making this fantastic reading even for those with casual interest."

"The description of Odoric's journey to the East comes from the account he dictated upon his return to Italy, which was translated and widely circulated throughout Europe. It is one of the finest examples of extant fourteenth-century travel literature. The account used in this printing comes from Sir Henry Yule's translation, prepared in 1866 and still unsurpassed for its historic value and its faithfulness to the original Latin text."--Jacket.

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