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Did Marco Polo lied when he said having gone to China ?

Frances Wood - Did Marco Polo go to China ?
Frances Wood
"Did Marco Polo go to China ?"
       hen in 1995 the Francès Wood's book is edited "Did Marco Polo go to China ?", the english writer and director of sinology department of the British Library brings upon herself the anger of the searchers and other interested people. But why Marco Polo shouldn't have gone to China ? Best seller in its time, why could a reader have today a doubt about the "Livre des Merveilles" ?



How going from Venice to Beijin in the Middle Age ?
       f today, you need a day for the trip, a few centuries ago, the 10,000 km separating Venice from Beijin could be crossed so fast only by the way of imagination. In the XIIIth century, except some merchants rising through the empire of byzantium, Asia, and that can access to the Malacca market, in europe, the known world is limited to Europe, and for a few of merchants, their counters were in the empire of byzantium or Sri Lanka. Why ? Because the trade to Asia belonged to the Muslims.


Le Marco Polo's "Livre des Merveilles"



       ut if we try to make this trip in the same conditions, we will go first by boat to Constantinople, and then riding a camel, 30km by day to next caravaserai until next harbour in Persia where a boat could bring us to the asiatic peninsula called Cochincina rounding it up to Malacca. Each break in a city or an harbour and you needed to pay a tax, without forgetting the thieves on the continent, and the pirates on the sea. What else ? Oh yes : the desert welcomed you if you prefered going by the north, the Silk Road.

Fine trip, don't you find ?


How proving the truth ?
       ystery! The Marco Polo's house burnt in 1598. Maybe could have we find the famous golden gerege (in fact, when reading conscienciously the book, there are seven) proving the contact with the emperor. Does the letter from Kubilai with his wishes to christian pope still exist in the archives of the Vatican ? What happened with Niccolo de Vicence and Guilielme de Tripoli, two brothers going with the Polo to teach christian faith to mongol emperor ?
       Marco Polo was, if true, governor of the city of Yangzhou during three years : is there some old archives of his administration ? Why him a european, and not a mongolian ? What about tea tradition, the "Big Wall", the feet from chinese woman, the chinese ideograms,...
Michael Yamashita - Sur la route de MP
Michael Yamashita
"Sur la route de Marco Polo"
© Ed. SOLAR 2003 avec GEO

Why having a doubt ?


Chinese shoe from woman
near an average length sport shoe
© Michael Yamashita, p.326
       arco Polo is a trader, told his story to a writer Rustichello da Pisa, maybe with an exceed of imagination. The combination of both men could have affect a part of the tale, created new "souvenirs", new fabulous pictures.

       On the picture above, you can see how, without knowing them, the monks who wrote the book drawed the emperor's Court : they look like persian ! In one another, you can see how the monks had interpreted the unicorn of Marco Polo (in fact a rhino from Sumatra).



Le "Livre des Merveilles" de Marco Polo



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