The final document is in the form of a will, now in St. Mark’s Library. It is dated 1324 and Marco Polo was then seventy years old. Disease had taken hold of him and finding himself growing feebler each day he sent for a priest and notary and gave them detailed instructions regarding the disposal of his property. The will appointed his wife and three daughters, two of whom were by this time married, as his trustees. On his death-bed his friends pleaded with him, for the peace of his soul, to retract some of the seemingly incredible statements he made in his book; but to this his only reply was, ’I have not told half of what I saw.’ He was buried in the Church of San Lorenzo… A long catalogue could be made of the true statements contained in this volume that were at one time believed incredible. It was many hundreds of years before the travels as a whole took their place as an authentic account of Mediaeval Asia.
The travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian
Marco Polo,William Marsden