I have two European travellers over-wintering in Samarkand in the 1420's.
Where could they go to socialise, get news, tell stories, play chess? Would it be a coffee-house, a tea-house, a caravanserai, an inn?
Did street life go on into the evening, or was there a curfew?
How about established Christianity in the city? I've found out a little bit about the Nestorians, but it's very vague.
I can access the publications of the Hakluyt Society at the State Library next time I visit it, but there are oodles of them, and some guidance on which ones to look at would be very useful.
Any help will be much appreciated!