Odoric of Pordenone was an Italian monk and explorer who lived from about 1286 to 1331. He is sometimes compared to the famous adventurer Marco Polo.
Odoric’s journey to Trebizond took place sometime around 1317, when he was first sent to the east as a missionary. Later he went to Constantinople, India and China. He was still travelling thirteen years later when he fell ill and died during a stopover in Italy.
His writings have been popular ever since. This excerpt is from “The Travels of Oderic,” in A General History: Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 1, edited by Robert Kerr, 1824.