Talk:The Travels of Marco Polo
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-It's probably not known, but they had their own money, and since they were acting in some fashion as diplomats for the papacy, they might have got some resources from the Church. Jason Parise 06:58, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant, in company with his father and uncle, made a remakabel journey to Peking in nothern China. Here for twenty years he was attached to the court of the Great Khan. So the question of whom sponsored him could be answered in such the company which employed his father and uncle which was an Italian company though I have yet to uncover any more information then this. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 13:02, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
Chau Ju-kua a traveller?
The article says: somewhat earlier the Chinese traveller and chronicler Chau Ju-kua travelled in the Chola country about 1178. I'm trying to figure out a citation for this; so far I only have him as a chronicler (who indeed writes about this area), not a traveller, and writing at 1225, not 1178 (though it could be he travelled earlier in his life, though he doesn't mention this in his chronicles that I can find). Can anyone figure out where this came from? Martijn Faassen 23:33, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
- Yes, me. It's a fringe theory that shouldn't be given space. Brutal Deluxe (talk) 18:51, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
13th century travelers to Asia
- Giovanni da Pian del Carpine and Benedykt Polak- 1245-1247, envoys of Pope Innocent IV
- André de Longjumeau - 1249-1251, envoy of French King Louis IX
- William of Rubruck and Bartolomeo da Cremona - 1253-1255, envoy of French King Louis IX
- Niccolò and Maffeo Polo father and uncle of Marco - 1265-1266, traveling as traders, reached the new capital of the Grand Khan at Khanbaliq (modern Beijing). Then returned to Europe with message for the Pope.
None of the above reached China proper. Marco Polo was the first to do so. Other European travelers journeyed to Persia.
Friar Julian did not go to Asia, he only reached an area west of the Ural Mountains.
I think the caption under the picture of the polos and Gregory X is not correct. I dont think they present the book "Il milione" since it was written up (i.e. dictated by Marco Polo) when Gregory X was dead already. I think the picture rather shows the Polos delivering a message from Kublai Khan.
Popular in the 13th Century?
"It was a very famous and popular book in the 13th century" (1201-1300) yet was written in 1298-99, at the very end of the century. I suppose it means the 14th century?
Im sorry, I'd do it myself but Im not very good at editing Wikipedia pages.
The first mention of Rustichello da Pisa should be linked to his page, should it not?