Samuel Purchas
Samuel Purchas
General Information
Full Name Samuel Purchas
Gender Male
Race Human
Nationality Flag of England England
Born c.a. 1577
Died 1626
Special Information
Residence Transitory
Occupation Cleric
Organization None

Samuel Purchas, was an English cleric who published several volumes of traveler reports of foreign countries.

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Purchas his Pilgrimage was one of the sources of inspiration for the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As a note to Coleridge's poem explains, "In the summer of the year 1797, the Author, then in ill health, had retired to a lonely farm-house between Porlock and Linton, on the Exmoor confines of Somerset and Devonshire. In consequence of a slight indisposition, an anodyne had been prescribed, from the effects of which he fell asleep in his chair at the moment that he was reading the following sentence, or words of the same substance, in Purchas’s Pilgrimage:

In Xaindu did Cublai Can build a stately palace, encompassing sixteen miles of plaine ground with a wall, wherein are fertile meddowes, pleasant springs, delightful streams, and all sorts of beasts of chase and game, and in the middest thereof a sumptuous house of pleasure.


In the 15th Century, Samuel Purchas wrote of Xanadu in his travel diaries, books that fascinated Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In 1798 Coleridge wrote a poem called "Kubla Khan" based on what he read in books that were ancient even then.

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