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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China was still thousands of miles away, the other side of a vast region dominated by Islamic rulers. Venice's Rialto was crowded with Germans, Armenians, Slavs, and other foreign merchants but no one from India or China.
The author claimed to be Prester John, the ruler of a large, wealthy empire beyond the Tigris River, which flows out of Turkey and into Iraq. His subjects were devout Christians, he said, eager to recapture Jerusalem from the Muslims.
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 ...
Eager to con- vert the Mongols to Christianity and form an alliance with them against Muslim rulers, the pope sent envoys with let- ters to Mongol leaders. One of these embassies, led by John of Plano Carpini, a Franciscan friar (a ...
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