Did Marco Polo Go To China?

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Did Marco Polo Go To China?

1998 | 203 Pages | ISBN: 0813389992 | PDF | 23 MB

Contrary to an assumption basic to European and Chinese history-the tales of Marco Polo’s journey to China-Frances Wood argues that he not only never went to China, but probably never ventured past his family home on the Black Sea. Instead, his imagination fueled by stories garnered from other traders and with the help of a ghostwriter, Polo may simply have sought to exploit the growing demand for tales of distant lands. By carefully examining the Polo family history, Marco Polo’s activities as a merchant, the preparation of his book, and the imperial Chinese records, Wood tries to reconcile a number of inconsistencies that shed light on what may be only an extraordinary and enduring myth.



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