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By John Tully

During this concise and compelling background, Cambodia’s previous is defined in shiny aspect, from the richness of the Angkorean empire throughout the darkish a long time of the 18th and early-19th centuries, French colonialism, independence, the Vietnamese clash, the Pol Pot regime, and its present incarnation as a troubled democracy. With vigorous writing and fervour for the subject, John Tully covers the entire sweep of Cambodian heritage, explaining why this land of contrasts is still an enticing enigma to the foreign group. Detailing the miserable checklist of conflict, famine, and invasion that has threatened to damage Cambodia, this dialogue exhibits its survival to be a testomony to the resilience of the human spirit.

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The reports concerning 'King David' appear to have derived from a confused melee of facts involving the Naiman prince Kiichlug 1 Cl. Cahen,Pre-Ottoman Turkey, tr. J. Jones-Williams (London, 1968), pp. 136-8. P. Jackson, 'Bayju', Ettc. Iranica; 'Cormagun', ibid. 2 P. Jackson, 'The crisis in the Holy Land in 1260', EHR, XCV (1980), 488. 3 For Het'um's journey, as described by the Armenian chronicler Kirakos Ganjakeci, see J. A. Boyle, "The journey of Het'um I, king of Little Armenia, to the court of the Great Khan Mongke', CAJ, IX (1964), 175-89; repr.

Associated with this world, finally, were a number of taboos. It was forbidden to tread on the threshold when entering or leaving a dwelling (XV, 6), and Rubruck's colleague Bartholomew of Cremona narrowly escaped the deathpenalty for having done so (XXIX, 29 and 37). Everything brought into the encampment, or that belonged to a dead person, had to be purified by fire (XXXV, 3). The Mongols did not regard shamanistic beliefs and rituals as necessarily incompatible with the elements of other faiths.

Delaruelle, 'L'idee de croisade chez Saint Louis', Bulletin de litterature ecclesiastique, LXI( 1960), 241-51. 3 Pace Louis Hambis, 'Saint Louis et les Mongols', JA, CCLVTII (1970), 28-9, who proposes that the king sought to make contact with the Mongols, possibly on the advice of Henry I of Cyprus: this suggestion is groundless. 4 Matthew Paris, IV, 607-8 (tr. Giles, II, 214). 33 THE MISSION OF WILLIAM OF RUBRUCK part of the qaghan, 1 the letter contained none of the habitual statements about the world-empire or demands for submission.

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