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Marco Polo's Book: Book by John S. Critchley

Marco Polo's Book

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ISBN: 9780860783619    Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Group Year of publishing: 1993     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 235        
This examines the text of Marco Polo's book and the political and ideological context - the crusades, the Mongol missions, the French presence in Italy - in which it was put together by its author and read...Read more
This examines the text of Marco Polo's book and the political and ideological context - the crusades, the Mongol missions, the French presence in Italy - in which it was put together by its author and read by its audience. The homogeneity of the "original" Franco-Italian text and the accepted relationship between this text and the Latin recensions is tested by computer analysis. An examination of vocabulary and other textual features draws out the different attitudes and contributions of Polo himself and his various editors and translators. It should be of interest to specialists in medieval Asia, and the history of later medieval Europe.
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'This is an essential Vade Mecum for anyone seeking either to understand the construction and evolution of Polo's work or to use it as a source.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 'Thorough and...Read more
'This is an essential Vade Mecum for anyone seeking either to understand the construction and evolution of Polo's work or to use it as a source.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 'Thorough and fascinating' The English Historical Review 'One cannot withhold admiration for the author who could write a book as fascinating as Marco Polo's Book .' The English Historical Review
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