The Travels

Marco Polo 1254 1329 has achieved an almost archetypal status as a traveller, and his Travels is one of the first great travel books of Western literature, outside the ancient world The Travels recounts Polo s journey to the eastern court of Kublai Khan, the chieftain of the Mongol empire which c

Njal's Saga

Written in the thirteenth century, Njal s Saga is a story that explores perennial human problems from failed marriages to divided loyalties, from the law s inability to curb human passions to the terrible consequences when decent men and women are swept up in a tide of violence beyond their control.

Vita Nuova

Vita Nuova 1292 94 is regarded as one of Dante s most profound creations The thirty one poems in the first of his major writings are linked by a lyrical prose narrative celebrating and debating the subject of love Composed upon Dante s meeting with Beatrice and the Lord of Love, it is a love s