1. People who pretend cultural exchange is something new #2 

    I’ll tell you who were peachy-keen on each-other - Mongols and Crusaders.

    Mongol Khans kept concubines, plenty of whom were Nestorian Christians - who in turn would have kids who would one day become a Khan in their own right… You’re then left with a situation where Mongol Ilkhanate Khans looked at the Christians in the Middle East as adorable cousins!

    Also, you had the myth in the west of 'Prester John' - the Christian King in the east who resided in a magical kingdom, who wielded unknowable powers - someone of saint-like benevolence… who they - in the be-all-and-end-all of mistaken identities - believed to be the Mongol Khans […]

    Having watched one too many American sitcom, both sides embarked on a grand 'will-they-won't-they' flirtation. The Ilkhanate Khan would send the Pope scented letters [which Pope received with a strange delight…] telling him how he, ever the friend of Christendom, would take Jerusalem for the Pope. Plenty of dialogue between Ilkhans and French Kings as well. Sadly, it was a relationship made for the internet age - lots of medieval Skyping, very little action.

    Above: 1305 letter from the Ilkhan Öljaitü to King Philip IV of France, suggesting military collaboration

    But it lead to adorable little tid-bits - and really, aren’t adorable tid-bits what really matter?

    Ripped shamelessly from Wiki:

    The 13th century saw a vogue of Mongol culture in the West. Many new-born children in Italy were named after Mongol rulers: names such as Can Grande (“Great Khan”), Alaone (Hulagu), Argone (Arghun) or Cassano (Ghazan) are recorded.

    Seriously - how cool is that? Do you reckon there were Mongolian teenagers bewailing their appropriated culture? There’s no way any bolshy kid I end up having won’t be nicknamed Can Grande

    It annoys me that events/civilisations are talked about in practically vacuums, and their meetings and bleeding-into-one-another is not as prominent in the discussion. That’s the fun bit! Surely in a world that implodes with excitement over The Hulk and Iron Man being in the same film would adore a bit of a Crusader/Mongol buddy flick? A boy can dream…

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