About Donata Polo (Badoer)
Donata Badoer ( Venice , 1280 - between 12 July 1333 and 4 March 1336) was a noblewoman Italian of the Republic of Venice . Belonging to an ancient Venetian noble family, the daughter of Vitale Badoer merchant. Bride in 1300 Marco Polo , the explorer Venetian , the son of Niccolò Polo . Union were born three daughters: Fantina , and Moreta Belella Polo.
In the essay titled Venetian Adventurer published in 1942 for the types of the publishing house of the ' Stanford University and the publisher of the ' University of Oxford , the scholar and critic historian Henry Hersch Hart, as well as explaining in detail the customs of a Wedding the era in which he lived Marco Polo, makes explicit reference to an important legal document dated 17 March 1312 , which reached up to the present day and related to the marriage of Marco Polo with Donata Badoer. It speaks about the economic Badoer family, in essence the dowry paid wedding in favor of Marco Polo. In this act is referred to as the guarantor of considerable allocation of goods not the father Vitale (plausibly as you might think), but the uncle of Donata . From this it follows even more easily the social support of the entire family Badoer , patrician lineage which at that time had a certain influence in the political and economic life in Venice.
In a paper (bag 67) coming from the Legal Registry of Venice, located in the Lower Chancellery Archives of the Friars and issued on 24 June 1325 , Donata is to be mentioned, in front of their daughters, as the first holder of the property belonged to Marco Polo . This act together with the testament of Marco Polo the year 1324 , will prove to be significant for the cause of her daughter Fantina , widow of Marco Bragadin, a strong legal action brought against the family ("Commissioner") of the deceased husband. The presence of Donata stands also in a subsequent document, issued in 1333, which establishes its control over the possessions of Marco Polo along with their daughters
Marco Polo was finally released from captivity in August 1299, and returned home to Venice, where his father and uncle had purchased a large house in the central quarter named contrada San Giovanni Crisostomo. The company continued its activities and Marco soon became a wealthy merchant. Polo financed other expeditions, but never left Venice again. In 1300, he married Donata Badoer, the daughter of Vitale Badoer, a merchant] They had three daughters, called Fantina, Bellela and Moreta.
He lived in Venice until his death in 1324 at the age of 70, a tremendously old man for that time. On his deathbed, he uttered his famous last words: "I have only told the half of what I saw!"