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“Concubines had been a feature of life in Cambaluc, too.”

One Talikan, Spring, 1323 Concubines had been a feature of life in Cambaluc, too. Johanna’s own grandmother had been concubine to the great Kublai Khan before being given in marriage to her grandfather, the honored Marco Polo. It was natural … Continue reading

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“Johanna had never been so bored.”

One Talikan, Spring, 1323 Johanna had never been so bored. There was no lack of comfort in the harem, that was true enough. The blue-tiled floors had been built over a hypocaust, and were warm both winter and summer. So … Continue reading

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Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya! Tomorrow!

In Everything Under the Heavens, 16-year old Johanna and her companions fled Cambaluc and her murderous stepmother to join her uncle’s westbound caravan on the Silk Road. At Terak Pass, where Mongol China ends and the scattered sheikdoms of the … Continue reading

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