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Who Was Marco Polo

Author : Joan Holub
ISBN : 9781101639894
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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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 before witnessed. But did Marco Polo experience the things he wrote about . . . or was it all made-up? Young readers are presented with the facts in this entertaining, highly readable Who Was . . . ? biography with black-and-white artwork by John O?Brien.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction


Author : John Man
ISBN : 9780553820027
Genre : History
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The remarkable story of the world’s most famous traveller — Marco Polo — and the moment when East met West for the first time. Marco Polo’s journey from Venice, through Europe and most of Asia, to the court of Kublai Khan in China is one of the most audacious in history. His account of his experiences, known simply as The Travels, uncovered an entirely new world of emperors and concubines, great buildings — “stately pleasure domes” in Coleridge’s dreaming — huge armies and imperial riches. His book shaped the West’s understanding of China for centuries. Respected historian and travel writer John Man travelled in Marco’s footsteps to Xanadu in search of the truth behind Marco’s stories, to separate legend from fact. Drawing on his own journey, archaeology and archival study, he paints a vivid picture of the man behind the myth and the true story of the great court of Kublai Khan.
Category: History

Marco Polo

Author : Samuel Willard Crompton
ISBN : 9781508175056
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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For many, his name brings to mind both the glory and terrible danger of exploration: Marco Polo. Come along as this informative and engaging book describes Marco's travels from his native Italy past many obstacles, to the farthest reaches of Asia and back home again. Experience the incredible cold of the mountains of Pakistan, the intense heat of the Taklimakan Desert, and the wonders in between. Meet people like the fabled Kublai Khan, lord of the Mongol Empire. At journey's end, readers will understand why Marco Polo takes his place among the most important explorers in world history.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Did Marco Polo Go To China

Author : Frances Wood
ISBN : 9780429980626
Genre : Political Science
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We all ?know? that Marco Polo went to China, served Ghengis Khan for many years, and returned to Italy with the recipes for pasta and ice cream. But Frances Wood, head of the Chinese Department at the British Library, argues that Marco Polo not only never went to China, he probably never even made it past the Black Sea, where his family conducted business as merchants.Marco Polo's travels from Venice to the exotic and distant East, and his epic book describing his extraordinary adventures, A Description of the World, ranks among the most famous and influential books ever published. In this fascinating piece of historical detection, marking the 700th anniversary of Polo's journey, Frances Wood questions whether Marco Polo ever reached the country he so vividly described. Why, in his romantic and seemingly detailed account, is there no mention of such fundamentals of Chinese life as tea, foot-binding, or even the Great Wall? Did he really bring back pasta and ice cream to Italy? And why, given China's extensive and even obsessive record-keeping, is there no mention of Marco Polo anywhere in the archives?Sure to spark controversy, Did Marco Polo Go to China? tries to solve these and other inconsistencies by carefully examining the Polo family history, Marco Polo's activities as a merchant, the preparation of his book, and the imperial Chinese records. The result is a lucid and readable look at medieval European and Chinese history, and the characters and events that shaped this extraordinary and enduring myth.
Category: Political Science

Marco Polo S Silk Road

Author : Marco Polo
ISBN : 1780280157
Genre : History
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In the late 1290s, an imprisoned Venetian merchant dictated an account of his amazing adventures in China. That book, The Travels of Marco Polo, was an instant success. Though scholars once derided Polo's tale, today's historians accept it as accurate. The original manuscripts are long lost, but now, for the first time, a modernized hybrid edition has been compiled from translations by William Marsden and Henry Yule. Comprising nearly 150 chapters, this superbly illustrated, silk-bound abridgement of this seminal work is a treasure worthy of its subject.
Category: History

The Travels Of Marco Polo

Author : Marco Polo
ISBN : 1402796307
Genre : History
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Presents the complete text of Polo's travelogue that introduced fourteenth-century Europe to the civilizations of Central Asia and China.
Category: History