This book is a travel log of a historic character, namely Marco Polo. After the fall of Kublai Kahn, the Ming Dynasty took over China. The Polos spent a total of 17 years in China. The Washington Post Book World“Fascinating. Sophisticated sea-loan and sea-exchange contracts spelled out obligations between shipowners and merchants, and even offered insurance—mandatory in Venice beginning in 1253. [37], The first attempt to collate manuscripts and provide a critical edition was in a volume of collected travel narratives printed at Venice in 1559.[44]. collegantia, a contract based on ancient models. Marco Polo (1254 to January 8, 1324) was a Venetian explorer known for the book "The Travels of Marco Polo", which describes his voyage to and experiences in Asia. This made Marco's book even more popular. {"widgetSchema":"dp:widget:","dimensionSchema":"dp:dims:"} . 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In 1156, the Republic of Venice became the first state since antiquity to raise a public loan. (window.AmazonUIPageJS ? #octane-aui-example-id{color:red} The book was translated into many European languages in Marco Polo's own lifetime, but the original manuscripts are now lost, and their reconstruction is a matter of textual criticism. Even more exotic items flowed into the city aboard foreign galleys. [4] Rustichello wrote it in Franco-Venetian,[5][6][7] a cultural language widespread in northern Italy between the subalpine belt and the lower Po between the 13th and 15th centuries. Sold by Justin Morgan and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. A heavily annotated copy of Polo's book was among the belongings of Columbus.[28]. Rustichello wrote Devisement du Monde in Franco-Venetian language. Marco Polo was born in 1254 in Venice, Italy, however the exact date of his birth … The book is written as several sections (books) and these divided into chapters and each chapter into blocks of a few paragraphs. It took a Venetian to possess the practical knowledge, the sophistication, and the confidence to finance large expeditions or caravans to the East, to deal profitably with Muslim and Orthodox Christian adversaries, and to manage complex partnerships. Discover Book Depository's huge selection of Marco Polo books online. One view is it comes from the Polo family's use of the name Emilione to distinguish themselves from the numerous other Venetian families bearing the name Polo. This book essentially follows Marco Polo using his own book as the framework but with added commentary and observation. After listening to it the first time, I would have rated it 2 stars. .p13n-sc-grid-four-pack{content:"";display:table;clear:both;width:100%;border-top:solid #fff 1px}.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-no-border{border-top:none}.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-header{padding-left:15px}div.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-faceout-container{width:50%;height:190px;float:left;box-sizing:border-box;-moz-box-sizing:border-box;-webkit-box-sizing:border-box;position:relative;margin-bottom:0;overflow:hidden}div.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-faceout-container-left{border-right:solid #fff 1px;border-bottom:solid #fff 1px}div.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-faceout-container-right{border-bottom:solid #fff 1px}.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-faceout{background-image:url(http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/p13n-sc/loader._V327848335_.gif);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:center;height:100%;position:relative}.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-faceout-link{display:block;width:100%;height:100%;opacity:0}.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-faceout-image{position:absolute;width:100%;height:100%;max-width:none}.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-faceout-title-container{display:table;z-index:5;position:absolute;bottom:0;width:100%;height:58px;background-color:rgba(0,0,0,.8)}.p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-faceout-title{display:table-cell;font-size:13px;text-align:center;vertical-align:middle;padding:12px 10px;color:#fff}.gwPromo{border-color:#FFF}.gwPromo .p13n-sc-grid-four-pack-faceout{height:190px} His famous journeys took him across the boundaries of the known world, along the dangerous Silk Road, and into the court of Kublai Kahn, where he won the trust of the most feared and reviled leader of his day. [62] Economic historian Mark Elvin, in his preface to Vogel's 2013 monograph, concludes that Vogel "demonstrates by specific example after specific example the ultimately overwhelming probability of the broad authenticity" of Polo's account. In a new book entitled Marco Polo Was in China, the professor of Chinese history counters the arguments most frequently made by skeptics in an attempt to prove once and for all that the Venetian spoke the truth. Richly detailed and illuminating, a window into the most exotic of places and times.” — Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 28, 2019, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2014, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2015. The book,The Travels of Marco Polo, is the written record which chronicles the adventures and travels that Marco Polo experienced while exploring the eastern world. To extend their reach, Venetians formed partnerships with distant governments and merchants that cut across racial and religious divisions. The Philadelphia Inquirer“As enthralling as a rollicking travel journal. Marco and Polo are given the special task of taking charge while Momma and Poppa Pirate are busy. Inspire a love of reading with Amazon Book Box for Kids. A well-known traveler and explorer, Marco Polo headed for China along the Silk Road in the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). In Western Europe, coal had yet to be exploited as an energy source; paper money and the printing press also lay two hundred years in the future. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2013, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 24, 2017, Vintage; Illustrated edition (October 21, 2008). Please use a different way to share. dar al sina'ah, meaning "workshop." [8] It was originally known as Livre des Merveilles du Monde or Devisement du Monde ("Description of the World"). (window.AmazonUIPageJS ? 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Marco Polo was seventeen when he set out for China, and forty-one when he came back!



More than seven hundred years ago, Marco Polo traveled from the medieval city of Venice to the fabled kingdom of the great Kublai Khan, seeing new sights and riches that no Westerner had ever … Venetians of Polo's day bade each other Polo traveled extensively with his family, journeying from Europe to Asia from 1271 to 1295 and remaining in China for 17 of those years. . Brief content visible, double tap to read full content. With all the intrinsic interest of Marco Polo's Book it may perhaps be doubted if it would have continued to exercise such fascination on many minds through succesive generations were it not for the difficult questions which it suggests. Entrances to Heaven and Hell existed, somewhere. None of them however reached China itself. }); .measureGuideCenteredImage{text-align:center;margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;padding:0}.heightG2S2SizeChartPC{width:100%;overflow-x:auto;overflow-y:overlay}.leftAlignment{padding-left:4%}.sizeChartPcBrandLogo{max-height:60px}#wrapper{overflow:auto}#tabContent{position:relative}#spinnerContainer{display:none;z-index:1000;top:0;left:0;height:100%;width:100%;position:absolute;background:rgba(255,255,255,.8) center 30px no-repeat}.rightAlignment{padding-right:4%}#tabContent.loadingSpinnerSizeChart{overflow:hidden}#tabContent.loadingSpinnerSizeChart #spinnerContainer{display:block} Widows and orphans invested in merchant activity, and any young man without means could describe himself as a "merchant" simply by launching himself in business. 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The Polos were not the first merchants to travel from Venice to Asia, but thanks to Marco Polo's exploits, they became the most celebrated. Why the poor quality monochrome illustrations? Since its publication, many have viewed the book with skepticism. Rumors of foul play ran rife amid the gaiety and sensuality of the Republic. As a result, Venetians developed a reputation for efficient and thorough business administration—the most advanced in Europe. Carnival became the occasion for orgies taking place just out of sight behind high courtyard walls and opaque curtains. The story of Marco Polo is indeed an extraordinary one and is well told in this very readable book by the author of Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, the first book I read by this author (and the better of the two). In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. 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