The Travels of Marco Polo (Marco Polo, c1300)

The people are idolators, use the paper money of the Great Khan, and make silk figured with birds and beasts.

The book is an account of Marco Polo’s travels in Asia and of Kublai Khan’s court. It’s most interesting when he leaves the travelogue for a while to recount some local legend or describe an unusual custom, but the majority of his observations on the various cities he visits are just so, so repetitive.

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