Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu {Laurence Bergreen]

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu - Laurence Bergreen

I meant to write notes for this book, but it never really happened. This book has a little bit of everything in it. It is clearly a history book, but at the same time there's information about religion, marriage, sexual practices (Marco got a little side tracked by women at times). Much of the book is focused on the Mongol empire under the Great Khan, Kublai (the grandson of Genghis Khan). These are the parts I found the most interesting, along with the comments about various cultures sexual practices, ranging from men leaving their homes when travelers stay there in hopes that the travelers will have sex with his wife and/or daughters to another culture that prized virginity so much that a non-virgin female could never marry.

The first part of this book focused on Venician history and the travels of Marco's father and uncle. The second part of this book was about the Mongol empire, while the third was about India and their trip home.