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Trade and Romance

Michael Murrin


This book discusses two intertwined themes. The first is the growth of commercial culture and its interest in aristocratic romance. The second lies behind the first and concerns the simultaneous development of trade across Asia conducted by merchants, first made possible by the Mongol Eurasian system. In the Renaissance, the Portuguese reopened Asia by a sea route to India and East Asia. Later, the English tried to reopen the caravan route, sending agents to travel with the Russians to Inner Asia. Such trade brought a new dimension to romance, since some writers sent their heroes to Asia. In s ... More

Keywords: trade, Romance, Asia, aristocrats, merchants, Italians, Portuguese, English

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226071572
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226071602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Murrin, author

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