By Robin Brown
Born in Venice in 1254, Marco started his travels while his explorer father took him off into the nice unknown 'East'. a few two decades later, Marco again to Venice full of stories of the wonders he had obvious: black stones which burned with a shiny flame, coconuts, paper forex and crocodiles. whereas imprisoned in a Genoa penitentiary he composed a publication of his adventures, an outline of the area, with fellow prisoner, Rusticello. The paintings earned Marco Polo the name 'The Father of Geography' and Christopher Columbus even took a duplicate of it on his voyage to the recent international. however it additionally generated a lot controversy and, to many, Marco grew to become referred to as Marco of the hundreds of thousands - a teller of one million tall tales.
Marco's manuscript has lengthy considering that disappeared and it's from copies and translations that we will examine of his time because the ambassador of the ruthless dictator Kublai Khan, his travels to Vietnam, Java, India and Arabia, and his exploration of China. yet did this intrepid Venetian particularly turn into the 1st ecu to go the continent of Asia? Did he get away demise through providing to carry the Khan's daughter as a bride to the Caliph of Baghdad? Robin Brown examines the reality of Marco Polo's claims and offers us a totally new view of the fellow who made historical past happen.