The Long and Wonderful Voyage of Friar John de Plano Carpini --- Carpini
At one time, it looked dead certain that all Europe would soon be in the grasp of merciless flat faced horsemen. Just about the rest of the world already was. They rode in off the distant steppes on shaggy ponies, and turned their conquests into horse pastures strewn with bones. Then, suddenly, at the brink of disaster, their khan was poisoned, and they rode away home to elect a new one.
At this juncture, the best idea Pope Innocent could come up with was to send a friar out across the unknown to the end of the earth to tell these strangers they should please stop murdering everyone. This is the report from the man he sent.
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