Embassy to Samarkand

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Illustrated rustic ISBN: 9788499533933
Hardcover ISBN: 9788490077634

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Embassy to Samarkand. Life and exploits of the great Tamorlan recounts the journey of Ruy González de Clavijo to Samarkand, in 1403. He went to that city as ambassador of Henry III, with the purpose of obtaining an alliance. Ruy departed from Puerto de Santa María, in Cádiz, was in Constantinople, Trebizond and Tehran. His mission was to speak with Sultan Tamerlane, a great Mongol chieftain.
The Christian kings of Europe and Spain believed that the great sultan was the only one capable of stopping the advance of the Turks in Europe. The death of the great Tamorlan made the expedition a journey full of adventures.
Thanks to Embassy to Tamorlán we know how was the expedition commanded by Ruy González de Clavijo. It lasted almost three years, from May 23, 1403, the day on which they left in a ratchet from El Puerto de Santa María, in Cádiz, until March 1406, when they returned to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, after multiple adventures.
In the book it is clear the admiration that Clavijo felt when he discovered Samarkand. The city was larger than any in Castile, rich, diverse and multicultural, it combined the best of both worlds.
Embassy to Tamorlan has great historical value. It is the only European testimony that exists about the distant Mughal court. It also contains abundant descriptions of the places where the expedition passed, with special mention to Samarkand. And it anticipates Marco Polo’s trip.

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