Medieval European mission among the Mongols: strategies, obstacles and goals



Year of publication 2016
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The paper explores the methods of medieval European Christian missions during the 13th and 14th centuries in the Mongolian empire. Reports of such missionaries as John of Plano Carpini, William of Rubruck, John of Montecorvino and others are used as sources for this analysis. The main aim of the paper is to show development of missionary str ategies as a process of more or less successful adaptation of particular missionary in new cultural and religious environment. Main obstacles such as the language barrier are also discussed. During this process not only the missionary strategies changed, b ut also their original goals were redefined. Representation of these goals, original and new ones, within the context of missionary reports and their desired effect on European audience is also discussed.
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