of our bishops, together with several minorite friars
and myself, went out two days journey from the city
to meet him. When we came nigh to his presence,
we bore aloft a cross upon a pole, and began to sing
, in a loud voice, while I carried
the censer. When he came up to the place where
we were singing by the way side, he called us to come
towards him; for no man dare approach within a stones
throw of his chariot, unless called, except those
only who are appointed to attend upon his person.
When we came near, he took off his cap or helmet,
of inestimable value, and did reverence to the cross.
I immediately put incense into the censer; and the
bishop, taking the censer into his own hands, perfumed
the khan, and gave him his benediction. Besides
this, as those who approach the great khan always
bring with them some offering to present to him, according
to the ancient law. “Thou shalt not come
empty handed into my presence,” so we carried
some apples along with us, and reverently offered them
to him on a salver; and he was pleased to take two
of our apples, of one of which he eat a part.
The khan then gave a sign for us to depart, lest we
might have been injured by the crowd of horses; upon
which we turned aside to certain of his barons, who
had been converted to the Christian faith, and who
were then in his train, to whom we offered the remainder
of our apples, which they joyfully received, as If
we had made them some great gift.
Conclusion of the Travels, and Account of the Death
of Friar Oderic.
All the above were put down in writing by friar William
de Solanga, as dictated to him by friar Oderic, in
the year of our Lord 1330, in the month of May, and
in the place of St Anthony at Padua. He hath not
attempted to render these relations into fine Latin,
or in an eloquent style, but hath written them even
as rehearsed by Oderic himself.
I, friar Oderic of Portenau, in the Friuli, of the
order of minorites, do hereby testify, and bear witness
to the reverend father Guidotus, minister of the province
of St Anthony, in the marquisate of Trevigi, by whom
I was commanded so to do, that all which is here written,
was either seen by myself or reported to me by credible
and worthy persons; and the common report of the countries
through which I travelled, testifies all those things
which I have seen and related to be true. Many
other wonderful things I have omitted, because they
were not seen by myself. It is farther mine intention,
soon again to travel into foreign and far distant lands,
in which I may live or die, as it may please the Almighty
Disposer of events.