By Marco Polo
Marco Polo used to be the main well-known vacationer of his time. His voyages begun in 1271 with a trip to China, and then he served the Kubilai Khan on a variety of diplomatic missions. On his go back to the West he used to be made a prisoner of warfare and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated in this e-book. The money owed of his travels offer a desirable glimpse of the several societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and lifestyle; at the spices and silks of the East; on helpful gemstones, unique crops and wild beasts. He tells the tale of the holy shoemaker, the depraved caliph and the 3 kings, between a very good many others, evoking a distant and long-vanished global with color and immediacy.
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There's a monastery right here referred to as St Leonard’s, impressive for the subsequent incredible incidence. you want to comprehend that there's a nice lake shaped of water that matters from a mountain simply beside the church of St Leonard. And during this water no fish is located, enormous or little, at any season of the yr, other than that they start to seem at the first day of Lent and proceed on a daily basis all through Lent until Holy Saturday, that's, the eve of Easter. in the course of all this era there are fish in lots; yet at any other season there isn't one to be stumbled on. This kingdom seems to be out over seas. To the north lies the Black Sea, to the east that referred to as the ocean of Baku or of Ghel or Ghelan, that is a few 2,800 miles in circumference and is precisely talking a lake, since it is totally surrounded by means of mountains and land and has no connexion with the most sea – which lies actually twelve days’ trip away. It comprises many inhabited islands, with wonderful towns outfitted on them. The population are refugees from the ability of the nice Tartar, whilst he rode as a conqueror throughout the country or province of Persia, whose towns and districts then had a process of presidency by way of the commonalty; they sought safe haven in those islands and one of the mountains, within the wish of discovering safeguard there. This sea is easily stocked with fish, specifically sturgeon, salmon, and different immense fish. Many rivers run into it, together with the Euphrates. * lately Genoese retailers have taken to launching ships in this sea and crusing on it. this is often the resource of the silk known as ghilan. during this province is a superb urban of significant measurement named Tiflis, surrounded by way of subordinate cities and townships. The population are Christians (that is, Armenians and Georgians) in addition to a number of Saracens and Jews, yet now not many. Silk and lots of different materials are woven the following. The population reside via their and are topic to the nice Khan of the Tartars. you want to be aware of that we point out in simple terms the 2 or 3 valuable towns of every province. there are various others which it'd be tedious to enumerate, except they're outstanding for a few unique interest. yet a few that we've got passed over, that are located within the locations above pointed out, may be handled extra totally lower than. † rather a lot for what lies north of Armenia. allow us to now flip to the lands mendacity south and east of it. Mosul is a huge country inhabited through the subsequent varied international locations. First, there are these referred to as Arabs, who worship Mahomet. Then there are those that notice the legislation of Christ, yet no longer based on the ordinances of the Roman Church, for they're at fault in numerous issues. they're known as Nestorians and Jacobites. * they've got a patriarch, whom they name Catholicus. † This patriarch makes archbishops and bishops and abbots and prelates of each measure and sends them out in every single place, into India and Cathay and Baghdad, like the Roman Pope. you want to take into account that all of the Christians you'll meet within the nations i'm describing are Nestorians and Jacobites. listed below are made all of the outfits of silk and gold referred to as mosulin.