Rustichello, to explain, was the fellow who wrote down the Travels of Marco Polo. Marco Polo didn’t write but Rustichello was imprisioned with him as a result of the trading wars between Genoa, Pisa, Venice and all the rest. With not much to do Rustichello transcribed, edited and co-wrote the famed travelogue. He also wrote a version of the tales of King Arthur in French prior to his imprisonment, which lent more enduring commendation to his name than his labours with Marco Polo. Hardly anyone remembers Rustichello.
And so I invoke his name and his limited fame to suggest that whatever this blog is about it will be literate, broad ranging and not entirely successful, from someone who doesn’t get out much but dearly wishes he might.