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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From Constantinople, Venetians purchased silks, cloth of gold, spices, perfumes, and medicines and took them to Italian trade fairs. A Swiss monk, writing in the late ninth century, described Venetian traders in the Italian city of ...
Objects of gold, silver, and bronze were melted down; precious stones were torn from altarpieces and chalices. Art that was not destroyed was loaded onto Venetian galleys and brought back in triumph to decorate Venice.
Money changers set up business in narrow stalls where they bought and sold gold, silver, or bronze coins from different cities. Merchants struck deals over pearls from India, jewels from Sri Lanka, and bales of silk, muslin, ...
Inside the cathedral, craftsmen pieced together thousands of tiny glass fragments to create mosaic pictures that glittered with gold. The walls gleamed with scenes from the Bible and leg- ends of the saints.
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