Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

October 27th, 2008 - 11:05 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu written by Laurence Bergreen is about the 13th-century Venetian explorer and trader who was popular for his worldwide travels. A capitalist merchant and a liar, with some questions whether Marco Polo ever went to China. Bergreen also subjected and assumed Marco Polo, suffered from opium addiction, cold turkey and in an explanation for a year’s sojourn in the hills of Afghanistan – “severe emotional problems”. Bergreen also researched about the 1298 tale , after Marco Polo’s travels are over and the Genoese navy bested the Venetian fleet at the Battle of Curzola is about to lose whereas Marco Polo was captured. Along with many detainees in Genoa, there was a writer called Rustichello of Pisa, who was convinced that Polo’s stories will be a success. The writer also wrote ” The Travels of Marco Polo.”

Today, the doubt did Marco Polo ever go to China because there were no descriptions or any briefs given on the Chinese writing , fashion or tea and it was also mentioned that Polo was one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China and also visit Kublai Khan, a grandson of Genghis Khan and the founder of the Yuan Dynasty. The use of Silk Road was declined for about 150 years after Marco Polo’s expedition, due to the opening of sea routes. Marco Polo, did not belong to a family of explorers , but only from a family of traders. Marco Polo’s father and uncle traded with the East.

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Cover of Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

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