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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... coast of Italy became part of the Byzantine Empire (a.d. 527 to 1453), which included what are now Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. The capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey), lay.
capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey), lay on both sides of the passageway between the Mediterranean and the Black seas, half in Europe, half in Asia. Its navy dominated both seas.
The wily Dandolo proposed to forgive the debt if the French army would help him con- quer the port city of Zara (modern Zadar, Croatia) on the Dalmatian coast, which was then controlled by the king of Hungary. The French leaders agreed, ...
The seaport at Zaiton (modern Quanzhou) astounded Polo even more than Hangzhou. At this port, about 400 miles (645 km) south of Hangzhou, many foreign ships came to trade. It was “the port for all the ships that arrive from India laden ...
Tales of monstrous creatures—rather like modern sto- ries of extraterrestrials—helped to make up for the lack of facts. In the distant East, medieval writers claimed, lived cynocephali, people who had the heads of dogs.
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