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Marco Polo's Silk Road

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Marco Polo (1254 - 1324) was a Venetian merchant traveller. His travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles ... Lire la suite
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Marco Polo (1254 - 1324) was a Venetian merchant traveller. His travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde (Book of the Marvels of the World, also known as The Travels of Marco Polo, c. 1300), a book that described to Europeans the wealth and great size of China, its capital Peking, and other Asian cities and countries.
He learned the mercantile trade from his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia and met Kublai Khan. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married, and had three children. He died in 1324 and was buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice.
Marco Polo was not the first European to reach China (see Europeans in Medieval China), but he was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. This book inspired Christopher Columbus and many other travellers. There is a substantial literature based on Polo's writings; he also influenced European cartography, leading to the introduction of the Fra Mauro map.

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A gift edition of the classic travel adventure from the 13th century.

A superbly illustrated, silk-bound gift edition of one of the greatest travel adventures - Marco Polo set out from Venice along ancient trade routes to the court of Kublai Khan, beginning an epic, 24-year odyssey into a world of wonders never before described

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Titre: Marco Polo's Silk Road
Sous-titre: The Art of the Journey - An Italian at the Court of Kublai Khan
Code EAN: 9781780280158
ISBN: 978-1-78028-015-8
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Simon & Schuster N.Y.
Genre: Sciences de la terre
nombre de pages: 244
Poids: 946g
Taille: H241mm x B163mm x T32mm
Année: 2011