Marco Polo's Book (Hardcover)

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Marco Polo and his book may seem to have been well served by scholars, yet the majority have been concerned to write about his travels in Asia, what he did or did not see, and how useful he is as a source on the East. John Critchley's subject, on the other hand, is the text of Polo's book itself and the political and ideological context - the crusades, the Mongol missions, the French presence in Italy - in which it was put together by its author(s), and read by its audience. The homogeneity of the 'original' Franco-Italian text and the accepted relationship between this text and the Latin recensions is tested by computer analysis. An examination of vocabulary and other textual features draws out the different attitudes and contributions of Polo himself and his various editors and translators. Critchley's book will be of interest not only to those concerned with the history of later medieval Europe but also to specialists in medieval Asia, who will find it useful to know about the background and composition of so famous and frequently cited a work. On pourrait penser que Marco Polo et son livre ont t amplement d battus par les sp cialistes en la mati re, cependant la majorit a surtout crit propos de ses voyages en Asie, ce qu'il avait ou n'avait pas vu et sur son utilit en tant que source de r f rences sur l'Orient. Le sujet trait par John Critchley par contre, est le texte m ame du livre de Polo, ainsi que le contexte politique et ideologique - les croisades, les missions mongoles, la pr sence fran aise en Italie - dans lequel il a t compos par son ou ses auteurs et dans lequel ses lecteurs ont pu le lire. L'homogene t du texte franco-italien d'origine et le rapport accept entre celui-ci et les r visions latines ont t analys's par ordinateur. Un examen du vocabulaire et d'autres caract ristiques litt raires fait transpara (R)tre les diff rences d'attitudes et de contributions entre Polo.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780860783619
ISBN-10: 0860783618
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: January 14th, 1993
Pages: 240
Language: English