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    DescriptionIn September 1298, the rival Italian republics of Genoa and Venice fought a fierce sea battle at Curzola off the rocky coast of southern Dalmatia. Against the odds the Venetians, led by Admiral Andrea Dandolo, son of the Doge, were defeated. Among the thousands of Venetians captives was one Marco Polo, gentleman, merchant of Venice, and sometime traveller to East Asia. Incarcerated in a Ligurian fastness, he told his story to a fellow-prisoner, a writer of romances named Rustichello of Pisa. The account of his travels that Marco Polo dictated to Rustichello in captivity - Il Milione - would be exceptionally widely read and would stimulate European interest in the East and its riches. Marco Polo: from Venice to Xanadu is Laurence Bergreen's thrilling and masterly reconstruction of the life and wanderings of one the great adventurers of world history. Between 1271 and 1275 Marco Polo accompanied his father Niccolo and uncle Maffeo on a journey east from Acre into central Asia along the Silk Route, eventually reaching China and the court of the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, Kublai Khan. Entering the service of the Khan, he travelled extensively in the Mongol Empire. The three Venetians returned home by sea in 1292-5, calling at Sumatra and southern India before reaching Persia, and making the last part of their journey to Venice overland. Three years later came that fateful encounter with the Genoese fleet in the Adriatic...


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    Title
    Marco Polo
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Laurence Bergreen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847247674
    ISBN 10: 1847247679
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    DC22: 910.92
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    Thema V1.0: DNBH
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Imprint name
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Publication date
    05 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Laurence Bergreen was born in New York City and educated at Harvard University. Now a prize-winning nonfiction writer, his books include Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (2004) and Voyage to Mars: NASA's Search for Life Beyond Earth, a narrative of NASA's exploration of Mars and the search for extraterrestrial life (2000).
    Review quote
    Marco Polo comes to life! ... a classic portrait that now surely cannot be bettered - Simon Winchester, author of 'The Map That Changed the World ' a dazzling portrait of a remarkable man ... a task that has been long overdue - Guardian
    Table of contents
    Prologue: The Commander BOOK ONE / EUROPA: The Merchants of Venice; The Golden Passport; The Apprentice; The Opium Eater; High Plains Drifters; The Secret History of the Mongols. BOOK TWO / ASIA: The Universal Emperor; In the Service of the Khan; The Struggle for Survival; The General and the Queen; The City of Heaven; The Divine Wind. BOOK THREE / INDIA: The Seeker; The Mongol Princess; The Prodigal Son. Epilogue: The Storyteller Acknowledgements Notes on Sources Select Bibliography Index