EGO MARCUS PAULO VOLO ET ORDINO: THE SECRETS OF MARCO POLO’S WILL

There is practically no material trace of Marco Polo’s existence and his travels to the Far East: the original manuscript of Il Milione, his famous and fascinating story of the journey and permanence at the court of Kublai Khan, has been lost. Today, we only know later and probably reworked versions.

Marco Polo’s will, conserved in Venice together with the wills of his father Niccolo and of...

 
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Piero Camporesi is one of the most original and exciting cultural historians in Europe today. In this remarkable book he examines the imaginative world of poor and ordinary people in pre-industrial Europe, exploring their everyday preoccupations, fears and fantasies. Camporesi develops the startling claim that many people in early modern Europe lived in a state of almost permanent hallucination, d...
 
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