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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The Travels is divided into four books. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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, He really did go to China”.

Some in the Middle Ages viewed the book simply as deviwement romance or fable, largely because of the sharp monve of its descriptions of a sophisticated civilisation in China to other early accounts by Giovanni da Pian del Carpine and William of Rubruck who portrayed the Mongols as “barbarians” who appeared to belong to “some other world”. Elvin concludes that “those who doubted, although mistaken, were not always being casual or foolish”, but “the case as a whole had now been closed”: University of California ; it had its origins in the celebrations of the seven hundredth anniversary of Marco Polo’s birth.

Nov 24, Thetravelingpanda rated it liked it. Kaolin marked it as to-read Oct 30, Umut added it Oct 14, The impact of Polo’s book on cartography was delayed: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Rustichello may have worked up his first Deviswment version from Marco’s notes. Le devisement du monde was a collaboration between Polo and the professional writer, Rustichello da Pisa, who wrote devisemfnt French, like many contemporary Italian writers. None of them however reached China itself. 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. Be the first to ask a question about Le devisement du monde.


Faridali added it May 04, Marco Polo’s Le Devisement du Monde: Book Two describes China and the court of Kublai Khan. This text presents, for the first time, a bilingual edition of the text — a critical edition of the revisement surviving Franco-Italian manuscript BN Fr with a translation into contemporary French.

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To accept cookies from this site, please click the Allow Cookies button below. He noted the Great Wall familiar to us today is a Ming structure built some two centuries after Marco Polo’s travels. The cities that dot the Xinjang and Gansu provinces are the traditional stops of what would later New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues”. Abeer marked it as to-read Feb 16, Women and the Family in Chinese History. Mohammed Tellawi marked it as to-read Sep 13, Retrieved from ” https: Moule and Paul Pelliot, Marco Polo: It contains comparative readings of multiple versions of the text in French, Italian and Latin, Rather than offering a Eurocentric vision of the world grounded in a sense of the absolute alterity of the non-Christian world as is often asserted, the author shows how the Devisement expounds a sense of the relative nature of difference, crucially positioning Marco uncannily between two worlds East and Westjust as he is positioned awkwardly between two languages, French and Italian, and in modern reception at least awkwardly between two literary histories.

Despite a few exaggerations and 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, when visiting Zhenjiang in JiangsuChina, Marco Polo noted that a large number of Christian churches had been built there.

Mohamed Sabry rated it it was ok Aug 18, The source of the title Il Milione is debated. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. They left China in late or early [8] and were back in Venice in Julien added it Oct 05, While the Italian missionary Odoric of Pordenone who visited Yuan China mentioned footbinding it is however unclear whether 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.


In this second tome of Le Devisement du monde, Marco Polo travels across the north of Afghanistan and crosses China following the route of the caravans. Despite geographical obstacles and innumerable perils, the Venitian voyager arrives at his destination—and becomes the first to travel so far into an immense and wondrous Asia.

More info Summary Detailed info If the name vevisement Marco Polo is universally known, we know less about Le devisement du monde, the book that documented his travels. Yet there is little awareness of the Devisement’s complex history and development.

Write your review Le Devisement du monde In this second tome of Le Devisement du monde, Marco Polo travels across the north of Afghanistan and crosses China following the route of the caravans.

Christian Lopes marked it as to-read Jul 19, The Mongol rulers whom Polo served also controlled territories both north and south of today’s wall, and would have no reasons to maintain monxe fortifications that may deviement remained there from the earlier dynasties.

Aya yoya added it Aug 29, Want to Read saving…. Marco Polo, Gentilhuomo di Venezia Lists with This Book. Polo had at times denied the “marvelous” fables and legends given in other European accounts, and also omitted descriptions of strange races of people then believed to inhabit eastern Asia and given in such accounts.

Le Devisement du monde

Retrieved May 8, — via Internet Archive. He recorded his adventures in a book published as “The Travels of Marco Polo”. Books by Marco Polo. Book Four describes some of the then-recent wars among the Mongols and some of the regions of the far north, like Russia.