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To See the Mongols 7: Mongol Civil War



It’s a busy episode. We’re catching up on the Mongol world and all that was happening away from the specific journeys of European friars. That means the rise of Hulagu and Kublai, the Mongol expansion into Persia and Syria in the west and Song China in the east, the death of Mongke Khan, and a civil war over the future of the empire. Thanks for listening everybody!

Devon.

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To See the Mongols 6: The Road from Karakorum



Friar William wraps up his affairs at the court of Mongke Khan and heads for home. Today, we cover his last audience with the khan, cross the walls of Alexander, and advise King Louis IX as to the future of the crusades. Thanks for listening!

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To See the Mongols 5: The Great Debate



Friar William goes through stone-cracking cold, frozen toes, and the threat of demons to reach the camp of Mongke Khan. There, his interpreter causes him more problems, and he falls into the bizarre religious life of the camp before being drawn into a debate between Muslims, Buddhists, and Christians before the khan. Thanks for listening!

Devon.

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To See the Mongols 4: A William Leaves Town



We go east again this episode, in the company of a friar who carried a letter to the son of Batu Khan. Was he there on behalf of King Louis IX? Was his mission more personally religious in nature? Why was he so concerned with the noses of Mongol women? All (or most) will be revealed… Thanks for listening!

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The Travels of Johann Schiltberger 2: The Battle of Angora/Ankara



 

Today, we’ll follow Johann Schiltberger’s journey under Bayezid’s control. There will be an escape attempt, epic battles, an epic snake battle, and some Ottoman history. I hope you like it.

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Thanks for listening everybody. Enjoy.

Devon.

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The Travels of Johann Schiltberger 1: The Battle of Nicopolis



This episode, we begin the travels of Johann Schiltberger, a 14th/15th century, Bavarian Marco Polo who left his home for the crusade against the Ottomans and didn’t make it back for a long, long time. In the intervening 30 years, he travelled widely as a prisoner, first with the Ottoman Sultan, Bayezid, and then with Timur (aka Tamerlane) and those who succeeded him, reporting on the world and its monsters, miracles, and numerous battles.

Schiltberger lived a full life at a fascinating time in history. I’ll be telling his story and discussing his times over the course of 4 episodes. With episode one, we’ll take Schiltberger up to the Battle of Nicopolis and the first massive shift in his fortunes. Hope you enjoy it!

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