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 DĂ©couverte, pages, Paperback.

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Some in the Middle Ages viewed the book simply as a romance or fable, largely because of the sharp difference of devixement 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”.

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Nouvelle edition du recit de voyage le plus celebre du Moyen Age, rendu en francais moderneLouis Hambis a ete directeur de l’Institut des hautes etudes chinoises, professeur au College de France.

This devsement examines the text from a fresh, literary viewpoint, drawing upon a range of different disciplines and approaches: Haw however argued that many of the “omissions” could be explained. Views Read Edit View history. The Polo party left Venice in To accept cookies from this site, please click the Allow Cookies button below.

Dimensions x cm. Europeans in Medieval China and John of Montecorvino. Pol rated it liked it Sep 05, New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues”.

Marco Polo in manuscript: The travels of the Devisement du monde

The original copies of his works are lost. Mohamed Osman marked dfvisement as to-read Oct 28, Title Le Devisement du monde. Christian Lopes marked it as to-read Jul 19, Despite a few exaggerations and errors, Devsement 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.


Many of the details in Polo’s accounts have been verified.

Rustichello da Pisa and Marco Polo. Later travelers such as Odoric of Pordenone and Giovanni de’ Marignolli reached China during the Yuan dynasty and wrote accounts of their travels.

The first attempt to collate manuscripts and provide a critical edition was in a volume of collected travel narratives printed at Venice in Dai added it Jul 08, For example, Odoric of Pordenone said that the ,onde river flows through the land of pygmies only three spans high and gave other fanciful tales, while Giovanni da Pian del Carpine spoke of “wild men, who do not speak at all and have no joints in their legs”, monsters who looked like women but whose menfolk were dogs, and other equally fantastic accounts.

Nb of pages LXVI – Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity. Although Marco Polo was certainly the most famous, he was not the only nor the first European traveller to the Mongol Empire who subsequently wrote an account of his experiences.

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The impact of Polo’s book on cartography was delayed: Moule and Paul Pelliot, Marco Polo: Le devisement du monde: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

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, No trivia or quizzes yet.

Jul 24, Yann rated it really liked it Shelves: They left China in late or early [8] and were back in Venice in 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.

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For example, when visiting Zhenjiang in JiangsuChina, Marco Polo noted that a large number of Christian churches had been built there. The cities that dot the Xinjang and Gansu provinces are the traditional stops of what would later The book was written in Old French by romance writer Rustichello da Pisa, who worked from accounts which he had heard from Marco Polo when they were imprisoned together in Genoa.

Write your review Le devisement du monde If the name of Marco Polo is universally known, we know less about Le devisement du monde, the book that documented his travels.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Economic historian Mark Elvin concludes that recent work “demonstrates by specific example the ultimately overwhelming sevisement of the broad authenticity” of Polo’s account, and that the book is, “in essence, authentic, and, when used with care, in broad terms to be trusted as a serious though obviously not always final, witness.

Modern assessments of the text usually consider it to be the record of an observant rather than imaginative or analytical traveller. Le devisement du monde was a collaboration between Polo and the professional writer, Rustichello da Pisa, who wrote in French, like many contemporary Italian writers. Write your review Le Devisement du monde Devisemet this second tome of Le Devisement du monde, Marco Polo travels across the north of Afghanistan and crosses China following the route of devizement caravans.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. For instance, did Polo exert “political authority” seignora in Yangzhou or merely “sojourn” sejourna there.