Marco Polo's Journey to China. 2nd Edition
Twenty-First Century Books, 2013年1月1日 - 132 頁
Can one book really change the world? A handwritten manuscript by Marco Polo in 1288 did. Polo, son of a wealthy Italian merchant, wrote about his incredible experiences traveling to China with his father and uncle on a trade expedition, and also about his adventures as an envoy of Kublai Khan, the ruler of most of China. Polo’s book became a bestseller in Europe in the fourteenth century. It was copied over and over by hand, translated into fourteen languages, and became one of the first books to be printed after the invention of moveable type. The tales inspired others—including Christopher Columbus in the fifteenth century—to seek new sea routes for trade. Polo’s adventures—and manuscript—are one of world history’s most pivotal moments.
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... what Christians called the Holy Land (which included coastal areas of southern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel). In exchange, Venice earned the right to trade in the principal ports of the kingdoms that the Crusaders established.
... wars to gain control of the city of Jerusalem and other Christian holy sites at the eastern end of the Mediterranean sea. at the time, this area was under Muslim rule. after establishing Christian kingdoms in the holy Land, however, ...
... that Venice “shall take the half of all that is con- quered, whether in territory or in money, by land or by sea. ... settled down for the winter there, planning to set sail for the Holy Land in the spring, war broke out anew.
Before the thirteenth century, few Christians from Europe traveled farther east than the Holy Land or ports along the Black Sea. China was still thousands of miles away, the other side of a vast region dominated by Islamic rulers.
The letter was a hoax, but Europeans wanted desper- ately to believe in this valuable ally, for Muslim forces were attacking Crusader kingdoms in the Holy Land. What made the letter especially popular was the long description of Prester ...
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