Who was Marco Polos Jail Mate?During History we read about Marco Polo and how he got to Jail, but I forgot who was Marco Polo's Jail mate ( The Guy who took all the notes about him and turned his...

Who was Marco Polos Jail Mate?

During History we read about Marco Polo and how he got to Jail, but I forgot who was Marco Polo's Jail mate ( The Guy who took all the notes about him and turned his life into a book ) Its been Bugging me so MUCH, so if you guys do know this Please write the answer! Thanks to all who did and are!!!

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Marco Polo's purported cell mate was Resticello of Pisa, a writer of a number of romance stories. It seems quite ironic that a writer should end up as the cell mate of a world traveller, and be the one to relate his story in all its detail.

There are a number of elements of Resticello's account that give pause to the accuracy of his account; in fact some scholars even question if Marco Polo truly existed. He does not mention the Great Wall of China, although it had been in existence for some time when he purportedly visited China; nor does he mention foot binding, Calligraphy, or even tea. Strangely although he lived in China for several years, he never learned the language. Even stranger is the fact that the Chinese have no record of his being there, although he claimed to be the governor of a Chinese province. He also told stories of seeing giant birds that picked up elephants and dropped them to the ground much as a sea gull drops clam shells to the ground to open them.

The fantastic nature of Resticello's story, and the fact that no other records exist of Marco Polo's very existence led many even in his own day to call the work "The Million Lies." Authentic or not, the work was accepted as fact by many and was a substantial factor in the ultimate expansion of Europe beyond its borders.

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