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  1. Friar Marchesino of Bassano addeth his say ; and telleth a pretty passage that he heard of Odoric.—Friar Marchesino tells a story that Odoric related how he with the bishop and other friars encountered the Khan on the road to Cambalec, 160 ; how Odoric presented a plate of apples, and the Khan graciously received the same, 161; his favourable disposition towards Christianity ; his costly cap.

  2. The blessed end of Friar Odoric.—He goes to Pisa after his return, 162; is ill, and turns back to Udine, where • he dies ; miracles after his death.


Introductory Notices.

Letters of JOHN OF MONTECORVINO, 165, date and place of birth ; early employment, 166 ; sent by the Pope to Kublai Khan ; letter from Mabar or Coromandel identified as his, 167 ; mention of deputation from Ethiopia, 168 ; perhaps from Socotra ; note on Christianity in that island ; John's success at Cambalec reported at Rome, 170 ; created archbishop and seven bishops sent to join him ; alleged conversion of the Great Khan, 171 ; more bishops sent ; death of Archbishop John, 172 ; a successor appointed but never reached China ; others named to the see, but doubtful if any were effective. Notice of Montecorvino in Winterthur's Chronicle, 173. Mention in the letters of King George of PRESTER JOHN'S family ; some account of the reports of Prester John, 174; first notice of a conquering Christian Prince ; extravagant reports and apocryphal letters, 175; Chinghiz at one time perhaps confounded with him ; the Khan of the Kerait Tartars ; the account given by Rubruquis, 176 ; two stories mixt by that traveller, 178 ; the Gurkhan of Kara Khitai ; the spread of Christianity among the Tartar tribes, 179 (and note on the Nestorian Metropolitan sees) ; conversion of the Khan of the Kerait ; Christianity of that tribe, 180 ; their seat ; Wang-Khan of the Kerait the Prester John of Polo, and his history; speculations as to the appellation, 181; its transfer to an African potentate earlier than is usually supposed, 182.

Letter of ANDREW Bishop of ZAYTON, 183 ; but one successor in that see named.

Letters of JORDANUS, afterwards Bishop of COLUMBUM, 184, some remarks as to his history ; Molephatam ; no account of him after his nomination as bishop and departure to the east, 185.

Letter of PASCAL of VITTORIA, 185 ; his martyrdom with others in Chagatai, 186 ; chronological difficulties in connexion with the dates of the Chagatai Khans in Deguignes, etc., 187; endeavour to adjust these which is favourable to the ecclesiastical notices, 188 ; revised table of the Khans, 189.

Report on the Estate of the Grand Caan, 189 ; its author J. DE CORA, Archbishop of Soltania, 190; another work probably his, but erroneously ascribed to F. Burchardt, 191.