Le Devisement du Monde (), better though inaccurately known in English as Marco Polo’s Travels, is one of only a handful of medieval texts that remain. Cambridge Core – European Studies – Marco Polo’s Le Devisement du Monde – by Simon Gaunt. Le devisement du monde has 3 ratings and 3 reviews: Published by La Découverte, pages, Paperback.

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Marco Polo’s Le Devisement du Monde: Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity

Book Four describes some of the then-recent wars among the Mongols and some of the regions of the far north, like Russia. Many problems were caused by the oral transmission of the original text and the proliferation of significantly different hand-copied manuscripts.

Not something I would read twice. He noted the Great Wall familiar to us today is a Ming structure built some two centuries after Marco Polo’s travels. Some have questioned whether Marco had actually travelled to China or was just repeating stories that he had heard from other travellers. Europeans in Medieval China and John of Montecorvino. Retrieved from ” https: Problems with Internal Evidence”. Yet there is little awareness of the Devisement’s complex history and development.

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Send to a friend Le devisement du monde If the name of Marco Polo is universally known, we know less about Le devisement du monde, the book that documented his travels. While the Italian missionary Odoric of Mode who visited Yuan China mentioned footbinding it is however unclear devisemejt he was only relaying something he heard as his description is inaccurate[24] no other foreign visitors to Yuan China mentioned the practice, perhaps an indication that the footbinding was not widespread or was not practiced in an extreme form at that time.


Le Devisement du monde. Christian Lopes marked it as to-read Jul 19, Courtney Spoerndle added it Mar 07, Economic historian Mark Elvin concludes that recent work “demonstrates by specific example the ultimately overwhelming probability of the broad authenticity” of Polo’s account, and that the book is, “in essence, authentic, and, when used with care, in broad terms to be trusted as a serious though obviously not always final, witness.

Osama Gadallah rated it liked it Nov 18, Moule and Paul Pelliot, Marco Polo: This book examines the text from a fresh, literary viewpoint, drawing upon a range of different disciplines and approaches: Despite a few exaggerations degisement errors, Polo’s accounts are relatively free of the descriptions of irrational marvels, and in many cases where present mostly given in the first part before he reached China, such as mentions of Christian miracleshe made a clear distinction that they are what he had heard rather than what he had seen.

For example, Odoric of Pordenone said that the Yangtze river flows through the land of pygmies only three spans high and gave other fanciful tales, while Giovanni da Pian del Carpine spoke of “wild men, who do not speak at all and have no joints in their legs”, monsters who looked like women but whose menfolk were dogs, and other equally fantastic accounts.


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Le devisement du monde

Illustrations 11 illustrations Illustrations, color, Plates. Abeer marked it as to-read Feb 16, Maxime Duprez added it Aug 24, The tradition is that Polo dictated the book to a romance writer, Rustichello da Pisawhile in prison in Genoa between — Moule and Paul Pelliot published a translation under the title Description of the World that uses manuscript F as its base and attempts to combine the several versions of the text into one continuous narrative while at the same time indicating the source for each section London, The impact of Polo’s book on cartography was delayed: Book of the Marvels of the World French: Cambridge University Press, pp On the other side of Wuwei, Marco Polo seems to have taken a more direct route around the Gobi desert to Xanadu, the Khan’s summer palace to north of Peking.

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