The Travels Marco Polo (Paperback)
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Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.
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About the Author
Ne a Venise en1254, Marco Polo a dix-sept ans quand son pere l'emmene faire un voyage qui le conduit au bout du monde connu: en Chine. La, il sert l'empereur Koubilai Khan pendant dix-sept ans et visite tout l'Extreme-Orient avant de rentrer chez lui avec beaucoup de choses a raconter. C'est pendant qu'il est en prison a Genes qu'il dicte le recit de ce qu'il a vu: Le Livre des Merveilles. Apres avoir couru mille dangers, Marco Polo est mort dans son lit, a Venise, a l'age de soixante-dix ans.