InA Scholarly Jewish Merchant Called Jacob D Ancona Set Out On A Voyage From Italy A Year Later, He Arrived In China At The Coastal Metropolis Of Zaitun, The City Of Light Now Known As Quanzhou , Four Years Before Marco Polo Arrived At Xanadu InNothing Was Known Of This Epochal Journey Until , When David Selbourne Was Shown D Ancona S Account Of His Travels, A Remarkable Manuscript That Had Been Hidden From Public View For Than Seven Centuries Eventually Translated And Edited By Selbourne And Published In Great Britain In OctoberAs The City Of Light, The Account Was Praised As Providing An Unparalleled Insight Into Life In The Medieval WorldControversy Followed Selbourne Had Pledged To The Manuscript S Owner That He Would Not Reveal Its Whereabouts, And That Raised Doubts About Its Authenticity As A Result Of US Sinologists Criticism Of Plans For American Publication, The First Edition Was CanceledNow Birch Lane Press Happily Publishes The Controversial Work Criticisms Of The Textual Evidence Of D Ancona S Account Have Been Answered By Selbourne Most Notably, Other Academics Particularly And Significantly, In China Have Come To The Support Of D Ancona S Account The Work Is To Be Published In A Chinese TranslationVivid And Insightful, This Account Has Great Historical Significance It Not Only Describes The Adventures Of A Medieval Trader, But Also Comments On Chinese Society And Manners Through The Eyes Of A European Man Of Learning The City Of Light Brings Spectacularly To Life D Ancona S Encounter With One Of The World S Great Civilizations
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