In 1271 a young Italian merchant named Marco Polo embarked on a groundbreaking expedition from Venice, through the Middle East and Central Asia to China. His extraordinary reports of his experiences introduced medieval Europe to an exotic new world of emperors and concubines, amazing cities, huge armies, unusual spices and cuisine, and imperial riches. Marco Polo also revealed the wonders of Xanadu, the summer capital of Mongol emperor Kublai Khan.
Almost 750 years later, acclaimed author John Man traveled in Marco Polo's footsteps to Xanadu and then on to Beijing and through modern China in search of the history behind the legend. In this enthralling chronicle, Man draws on his own journey, new archaeological findings, and deep archival study to paint a vivid picture of Marco Polo and the great court of Kublai Khan.
©2009 John Man (P)2015 Tantor
"An enjoyable read." (Library Journal)
1/3 of the book is devoted to the authors travels...
If you're looking for a book about the life and adventures of Marco Polo, this ain't it. If you're interested in John Man's travels in modern Asia... buy this book ! In 3 years on Audible I've only returned one book (out of over 100) this will be number 2.
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