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Marco Polo and the Marvelous Real

Marco Polo and the Marvelous Real

(p.9) Chapter 1 Marco Polo and the Marvelous Real
Trade and Romance
Michael Murrin
University of Chicago Press

This chapter has three sections. The first concerns the huge world opened up to Europeans by the Mongols in the thirteenth century. The second shows the real marvels, natural ones, and those invented by humans in Asian portions of the Mongol system. The third presents the result: a new subset or genre of heroic romance in Western Europe and the intensification of wonders beyond those in the Arthurian tradition.

Keywords:   Mongols, marvels, real, unreal, Romance

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