The Venetians : a new history : from Marco Polo to Casanova / Paul Strathern
- Strathern, Paul, 1940-
- New York : Pegasus Books, 2013.
- First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
- Physical Description:
- 354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
- Part 1: Expansion. 'Il milione' ; Survivors and losers ; The saviours of Venice -- Part 2: The Imperial Age. Innocents and empire-builders ; 'We are Venetians, then Christians' ; Father and son ; Colleoni ; The Venetian queen of Cyprus ; The end of the queen ; 'Lost in a day what had taken eight hundred years to gain' ; Discoveries of the mind ; The loss of Cyprus -- Part 3: The long decline. The Battle of Lepanto ; Women of Venice ; The Jews of Venice ; Deepening decline ; An intellectual revolution ; 'The seat of music' -- Part 4: Dissolution and fall. The last days ; The very end.
- "The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic's eventual surrender to Napoleon. The Venetians illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history--Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, Casanova. Frequently, though, these emblems of the city found themselves at odds with the Venetian authorities who prized stability above all else, and were notoriously suspicious of any "cult of personality." Was this very tension perhaps the engine for the Republic's unprecedented rise? Rich with biographies of some of the most exalted characters who have ever lived, The Venetians is a refreshing and authoritative new look at the history of the most evocative of city states."
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 334-337) and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment (Campus College Libraries); 2013
- Endowment Note:
- Paterno Libraries Endowment (Campus College Libraries)
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