The Travels of Marco Polo is the English title of a travelogue about Marco Polo’s travels to Asia and his experiences at the court of Kublai Khan in the 13th century. Polo left Venice with his father and uncle in 1276 to travel the Silk Road to China, which are called Cathay (North China) and Manji (south China) in the book, and left China in 1291, arriving in Italy in 1295.  The book was written by French romance writer Rustichello da Pisa from stories he heard from Marco Polo when two were imprisoned in Genoa during 1298-1299.  It is believed that the stories were dictated by Marco Polo and that da Pisa may also have worked from Polo’s notes.  The book was published about 1300 and titled both Livre des Merveilles du Monde (Book of the Marvels of the World) and Devisement du Monde (Description of the World) in French.  It consists of four books: Book One describes the Middle East and Central Asia; Book Two describes China; Book Three covers coastal lands of the east, including Japan, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and the east coast of Africa; Book Four describes the return to Italy. Produced before the advent of the printing press, the book was quite popular. Some have questioned the veracity of the sometimes fabulous tales, but scholars have come to believe that the accounts are largely authentic and can be trusted in broad terms. The Travels of Marco Polo were an important influence in Christopher Columbus’ quest to seek a western route to Asia by sea.

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EAN 683422134524
Media MP3 CD
Package DVD Box
Author Rustichello da Pisa (1274 - 1300) and Marco Polo (September 15, 1254 – January 8, 1324) Translated by Henry Yule
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Length 15 hours and 37 minutes

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