Marco and the Polos 3: Marco and the Great, Great Khan

Marco and the Polos 3: Marco and the Great, Great Khan

Marco Polo was a tremendous admirer of Kublai Khan and of his Genghisid legacy more generally. This episode, we explore that admiration, the character of Kublai, and the anecdote of the treacherous minister.

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Sources:

  • The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian, translated by William Marsden, edited by Thomas Wright. George Bell & Sons, 1907.
  • Larner, John. Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World. Yale University Press, 1999.
  • Man, John. Marco Polo: The Journey that Changed the World. HarperCollins, 2009.
  • Olschki, Leonardo. Marco Polo’s Asia. University of California Press, 1960.
  • Rossabi, Morris. Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times. University of California Press, 1988.