As featured by Toni Whitmont in the October Booktopia Buzz.
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 hundreds of years.
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, John Man paints a vivid picture of the man behind the myth and the true story of the great court of Kublai Khan.
"An in-the-footsteps-of-Marco-Polo journey through Europe to China which really makes you feel you are wearing Polo's threadbare, sweat-stained slippers as you go."
""John Man's engaging and diverting study of the historical Xanadu renders the truths as beguiling as the mythology... with a combination of travel writing, historical analysis and anecdote, Man uses Xanadu almost as a keyhole through which to describe larger events."
"--Scotland on Sunday
""An engaging piece of storytelling and a very companionable journey of exploration."
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: October 2009
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.47