HISTORY HUNTING: In Search of Marco Polo’s Last Words

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It was all feeling a little Dan Brown to me. I had spent years researching the rumors that Marco’s Last Will and Testament was housed in a vault in the Museo Correr in Venice, Italy. Now, a call from my Italian contacts — some in high political places — was telling me that there was… Read More »

The Music of Marco Polo

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This was a fine week for the hardworking Marco Polo team, our loyal ‘Golden Horde’ as we learned that the series was ranked #2 in digital TV, only behind ‘Orange is the New Black.” Also came in at #3 in all TV shows–a quantum jump of 48 spots from the week prior — only behind… Read More »

Was Marco Polo a ‘knight’ in the court of Kublai Khan?

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Put the question to foremost historian John Man and he will tell you, “Yes, it’s entirely possible. And if he was, he had good reason to hide the fact.” Man first explored this question when dealing with another: “Why the absence of the Marco Polo name from any Chinese or Persian records?” Man turns to… Read More »

The Year of the Fire Monkey

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I remember standing with Jet Li in some mountainous part of China nine years ago when he transformed, before my eyes, into a monkey. As he moved about uncannily, shape-shifting and demonstrating monkey style kung fu, I tried to get a fix on the bewildering system. “No system,” he said. “With monkey, the heart leads… Read More »