Despite the great geographical gulf that separates them, Armenia and Europe have maintained links for many centuries - at least since the late Middle Ages when the King of Armenia travelled to London to try and reconcile the warring kingdoms of England and France. Since then, diverse travellers have written perceptively and affectionately of that far off, beautiful land and of a people who have shown great inner tenacity in the face of a difficult history. This anthology brings together the best writing on Armenia - accounts by travel writers, historians, soldiers, poets, painters and politicians. Each section is annotated and placed in context. The result is a lively and colourful picture of a resilient and resourceful people.