Category: Historica

“Historica Tractatus” (noun, Latin) – essays I have written on a variety of topics, with heavy emphasis on Yuan Dynasty China and Mongolia. Articles are now available via pdf download.

Names from the History of Archers

A list of names from The History of the Nation of the Archers by Grigor of Akanc, written in 1271 in Cilicia at Akanc’ and preserved at the Armenian Convent of St. James at Jerusalem.

The Search for Prester John – Part 2

The search was continued by European explorers and missionaries as they traveled through China. During the 3rd Crusade, John of Joinville, the chief chronicler for Louis IX of France, wrote of two envoys where were sent to Kuyuk Khan, bearing with them a chapel..

In Search of Prester John – Part 1

Nestorian missionaries converted the Keraits, along with the Naiman and Merkit tribes, early in the 11th century. These Asian Christians became very different theologically from their counterparts in the West, and were perceived as a mythical cult. From this perception grew the fantastical legend of Prester John.