Odoric was a fourteenth-century traveler to China. You can find more at www.romanization.com/books/
The first poster used the name to get my attention. (LOL! And thanks for the kind words about my site, esp. since it’s still so obviously unfinished.)
How could I refuse such a request? I’ll try to get the chapter posted tonight. There’s not much about pepper, though there is more info about sacrificing virgins to idols &c.
Other sections of possible interest (that are more or less ready for public view) are for Taipei’s MRT, www.romanization.com/mrt/ and Chinese New Year, www.romanization.com/chinesenewyear/