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050 _aJZ1418
_b.W75 2006
082 _a327.209
090 _aJZ 1418 .W75 2006
100 _aWright, Jonathan,
245 _aThe ambassadors :
_bfrom ancient Greece to Renaissance Europe, the men who introduced the world to itself /
_cJonathan Wright.
260 _aLondon :
_bHarper Press,
300 _a336 p. :
_bill. ;
_c24 cm.
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references (p. [351]-362) and index.
505 _aIntroduction -- "Glorious Hermes, herald of the deathless gods" -- Greeks and Indika -- A Sanskrit Machiavelli -- The son of heaven -- Charlemagne's elephant -- Byzantium -- The crown of thorns -- A rooftop in Naples : Europe and the Mongols -- The new diplomacy -- Reformation -- Schisms -- "An Iliad of miseries" : Europe and the Ottomans -- Wotton versus Sherley -- The physics of diplomacy.
520 _aWe think of ambassadors as simply diplomats--but once they were adventurers who dared an uncertain fate in unknown lands, bringing gifts of greyhounds and elephants to powerful and unpredictable leaders. Historian Wright traces the journeys of these emissaries, taking us from the linguistically challenged Greek Megasthenes to the first Japanese embassies to China and Korea; from Mohammed's ambassadors to Egypt to the envoys of Byzantium, who had the unenviable task of convincing Attila the Hun to stop attacking them. We also witness the dialogue between Europe and Moorish Spain, and meet the ill-fated envoys sent in search of the mythical king Prester John. What Europe still thinks of Asia and what Asia still thinks of Africa were in no small part kindled in these long-ago first encounters.--From publisher description.
650 _aAmbassadors
_yTo 1500.
650 _aAmbassadors
_y16th century.
856 _uhttp://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip063/2005033185.html
856 _3Contributor biographical information
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