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Odorico da Pordenone
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[de Foro Iulii]

d. 1331. Italy. A Franciscan Friar, Odorico was born in Pordenone near Friuli sometime between 1265 and 1285. According to one tradition, he was the son of a soldier in the retinue of Ottakar II, king of Bohemia. Another tradition, less well-founded, tells that he belonged to a local family. He became a Franciscan around 1280, did missionary work in southern Russia for more than a decade, and after he returned to Italy, he was sent as a missionary to Constantinople and Trebizond in…

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Goldenberg, Dan, “Odorico da Pordenone”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_01963>
First published online: 2016

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