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The Travels  : Penguin Classics - Marco Polo

The Travels

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 30th September 1958
ISBN: 9780140440577
Number Of Pages: 384
For Ages: 18+ years old

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‘There was never man yet, Christian or Saracen, Tartar or Pagan, who explored so much of the world as Messer Marco’

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: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on 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 long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.

In his introduction, Ronald Latham examines Marco Polo’s background to explain how he understood and classified the people, races, cultures and religions he saw in The Travels. This edition also contains an index and maps.

About The Author

Marco Polo (1254-1324), a Venetian merchant, spent many years in the service of Kubilai Khan and in his journeys to and from the Khan's court and around the Mongol Empire picked up immense amounts of direct and indirect knowledge about Asia. After his return to Europe he became involved in fighting between Venice and Genoa, was made a prisoner-of-war and in prison met Rustichello da Pisa, who wrote down the story of Polo's adventures.

Industry Reviews

Arguably history's most prodigious traveller, the Venetian Marco Polo became a functionary in the court of the great Khan on whose behalf he visited the outlying ports that stretched from modern China to Afghanistan. This account of these experiences is riveting. (Kirkus UK)

Introductionp. 7
Prologue (1-19)p. 33
The Middle East (20-43)p. 46
The Road to Cathay (44-75)p. 74
Kubilai Khan (76-105)p. 113
From Peking to Bengal (106-131)p. 163
From Peking to Amoy (132-158)p. 194
From China to India (159-174)p. 241
India (175-189)p. 260
The Arabian Sea (190-199)p. 295
Northern Regions and Tartar Wars (200-234)p. 313
Epiloguep. 344
Genealogical Table of Mongol Imperial Housep. 347
Mapsp. 348
Indexp. 353
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780140440577
ISBN-10: 0140440577
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 30th September 1958
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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