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The Travels of Marco Polo - Volume 1

Marco Polo and Rustichello da Pisa

Book Overview: 

"The Travels of Marco Polo", is a 13th-century travelogue written down by Rustichello da Pisa from stories told by Marco Polo, describing the travels of the latter through Asia, Persia, China, and Indonesia between 1271 and 1291.It's been a very famous and popular book since the 14th century, creating the image of Marco Polo as the icon of the bold traveller. Presenting Marco Polo as an important figure at the court of the Mongol leader Kublai Khan, the book was written in Old French by Rustichello da Pisa, a romance author of the time, who was reportedly working from accounts which he had heard from Marco Polo when they were imprisoned in Genoa, having been captured while on a ship.

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[22] For the funeral, a MS. of Cibo Recco quoted by Jacopo Doria in La Chiesa di San Matteo descritta, etc., Genova, 1860, p. 26. For the date of arrival the poem so often quoted:—

      "De Oitover, a zoia, a seze di
        Lo nostro ostel, con gran festa
        En nostro porto, a or di sesta
      Domine De restitui."

[23] S. Matteo was built by Martin Doria in 1125, but pulled down and rebuilt by the family in a slightly different position in 1278. On this occasion is recorded a remarkable anticipation of the feats of American engineering: "As there was an ancient and very fine picture of Christ upon the apse of the Church, it was thought a great pity that so fine a work should be destroyed. And so the. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The account of Marco Polo's travels through Asia dictated to another while he was in prison in Venice. There is actually very little Polo in this work. The first third is introductory material, and there are 2-3 pages of gloss for every page of Polo's actual text.

I think Marco polo is exaggerating somewhat when talking about the Great Kaan, Is it intentional?. Plus I think he doesn't like Arabs "Saracens" as he calls them.
Also, I watched the Marco Polo show on Netflix, there looks like there are some discrepancies between the book and the show

Interesting content, utterly boring presentation.

Absolutely fascinating. Much easier to read than I thought it would be.

"Better carry the weight of a backpack than carrying the weight of not exploring the world"