The Travels of Marco Poloby Marco Polo
Pub. Date: 12/28/2001
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: of their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; of the spices and silks of the East; of precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and fascinating world with colour and immediacy.
In his introduction, R. E. Latham examines Marco Polo's background to explain how he understood and classified the people, races, cultures and religions he describes in The Travels. This edition also contains an index and maps.
Table of Contents
|1||The Middle East (20-43)||46|
|2||The Road to Cathay (44-75)||74|
|3||Kubilai Khan (76-105)||113|
|4||From Peking to Bengal (106-131)||163|
|5||From Peking to Amoy (132-158)||194|
|6||From China to India (159-174)||241|
|8||The Arabian Sea (190-199)||295|
|9||Northern Regions and Tartar Wars (200-234)||313|
|Genealogical Table of Mongol Imperial House||347|
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This is a tale like no other that transports the reader back in time and around the world. The account is told in a vast series of small tales, making it an easy read. Its cultural value is tremendous.While I certainly enjoy reading it and learning about Marco Polo's accounts, one major thing have disappointed me about this book: There is no map! I would have liked to more easily understand where Marco Polo was in any given chapter without keeping a computer open trying to Google locations. I would also have liked a greater number of footnotes with additional historical background/clarification. Asia is a big place!