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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... this area was under Muslim rule. after establishing Christian kingdoms in the holy Land, however, the europeans began to lose some of them to a well-organized Muslim offensive. two more Crusades in the twelfth century regained ...
His subjects were devout Christians, he said, eager to recapture Jerusalem from the Muslims. The letter was a hoax, but Europeans wanted desper- ately to believe in this valuable ally, for Muslim forces were attacking Crusader kingdoms ...
In fact, the powerful ruler who was overthrowing Muslim rule in central Asia was not a Christian. He was the Mongol leader Temujin, who in 1206 united the nomadic tribes of what is now Mongolia and took the title Genghis Khan (Very ...
They learned from fighting Muslim armies how to build catapults for hurling rocks and burning pitch over city walls. In their conquest of northern China, the Mongols discovered how to make grenades out of gunpowder and clay.
Mongol troops captured the Muslim capital Baghdad in 1258. A grandson of Genghis Khan, Kublai, set out to overthrow the Song dynasty in southern China. Genghis Khan had granted Kublai's father control of large estates in northern China, ...
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