The Venetians: A New History: From Marco Polo to Casanova

The Venetians: A New History: From Marco Polo to Casanova

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 1605984892

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A colorful new history of Venice that illuminates the character of the great city-state by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history―Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, and Casanova.

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.

16 pages of B&W and color photographs

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sympathetic sailors who proceeded to pace menacingly back and forth outside the palace, waiting for Dandolo to come out. Realising the danger he was in, Dandolo fled to the doge, who summoned Isarello and sternly reprimanded him, yet in such a manner that Isarello understood he had the doge’s sympathy. The sailors dispersed from the Piazzetta, but this indication of where the doge’s sympathies lay soon reached the ears of the nobility.* A similar incident involved the noble Marco Barbaro, an

Carrara family. During the course of this attack, the seventy-two-year-old Zeno heroically led his men across a river through water up to his neck. But on his return to Venice he was in for a shock. When the Venetian bureaucracy began poring through the Paduan account ledgers, they discovered an entry apparently recording a payment to Zeno. Charged with treason, he was hauled before the Council of Ten, which stripped him of all his offices and sentenced him to a year in prison. Twelve years

open debate in the Senate reflected the essentially democratic style of Venice, even if this remained an effective force only among the city’s noble families. While the debate raged back in Venice, Carmagnola lay low in his tent in the field. In the autumn of 1431 despatches arrived from Venice ordering him to attack Cremona and establish a bridgehead on the far side of the Adda; but although he was camped only three miles from the city he chose not to move. However, seemingly on their own

manner. Tartaglia would never really get over this defeat, and would die an embittered impecunious old man in Venice in 1557. * I have used the simplified modern notation here, which Tartaglia would not have used. At the time, even those who studied algebra had a different name, calling themselves ‘cossists’ – after the Italian word cosa, meaning ‘thing’, this being the name they gave to the unknown quantity (which we would call x). 12 The Loss of Cyprus MEANWHILE VENICE ALSO found

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