Wilhelm von Boldensele | The Journey to Karakorum | A Review

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Wilhelm von Boldensele | The Journey to Karakorum | A Review

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Wilhelm von Boldensele  The Journey to Karakorum  A Review

Wilhelm von Boldensele’s ‘The Journey to Karakorum’-A Review

Wilhelm von Boldensele’s “The Journey to Karakorum” is a valuable historical document that provides insight into the travels and experiences of a medieval German envoy to the court of the Mongol ruler, Khubilai Khan. This text, also known as “Peregrinatio in terram sanctam et ad partes Tartarorum” (Journey to the Holy Land and to the Tartar Regions), was written in the early 14th century, and describes Boldensele’s journey from Italy to the Mongol Empire, as well as his observations and interactions with the Mongol court and society.

One of the most significant aspects of “The Journey to Karakorum” is its description of the Mongol Empire and its capital city, Karakorum. Boldensele provides a detailed account of the city’s layout, architecture, and customs, as well as its inhabitants daily lives. He describes the city as being “very large and wide” with “many streets and markets,” and provides a vivid description of the palace complex, which he notes is “adorned with various kinds of precious stones and pearls.”

Another noteworthy aspect of the text is Boldensele’s observations on Mongol society and culture. He notes the Mongols’ nomadic way of life, their military tactics and prowess, and their customs, such as the practice of drinking fermented mare’s milk. He also details the administrative system of the Mongol Empire, which he describes as being “very well organized.” Boldensele was particularly impressed with the Mongol postal system, which he describes as being efficient and reliable, with couriers stationed at regular intervals to ensure fast communication throughout the empire.

One of the most significant events described in “The Journey to Karakorum” is Boldensele’s meeting with Khubilai Khan. He provides a detailed account of the ceremony surrounding the audience with the Khan, including the elaborate preparations, the seating arrangements, and the etiquette required of the envoy. He also describes the gifts that were exchanged between himself and the Khan, which included precious stones, textiles, and exotic animals.

Overall, Wilhelm von Boldensele’s “The Journey to Karakorum” is a fascinating primary source that provides valuable insights into the history and culture of the Mongol Empire during the 14th century. Boldensele’s detailed observations and vivid descriptions provide a unique perspective on this little-understood period in history, and the text is an important resource for scholars and students of medieval history. 0 0 0.

Wilhelm von Boldensele The Journey to Karakorum A Review

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