The Spiritual Expansion of Medieval Latin Christendom:

The Asian Mission
Author(s): 
Ryan, James D.
ISBN: 
9780754659570
Date published: 
September 2013
Hardback
Price: 
£110.00

During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries religious zeal nourished by the mendicants’ sense of purpose motivated Dominican and Franciscan friars to venture far beyond Europe’s cultural frontiers to spread their Christian faith into the farthest reaches of Asia. The reports these missionaries sent back to Europe have fascinated successive generations of historians who analyzed their travels and struggled to understand their motives and aspirations. The essays selected for this volume, contextualized in the introduction, provide a comprehensive overview of missionary efforts in Asia, and of the developments in the secular world that both made them possible and encouraged the missionaries’ hopes for success.Three of the studies have been translated from French specially for publication in this volume.