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City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas

Author Roger Crowley
ISBN-10 0812980220
ISBN-13 9780812980226
Year 2013-05-21
Pages 480
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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The rise and fall of Venices empire is an irresistible story and Roger Crowley with his rousing descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail is its perfect chronicler The Financial Times The New York Times bestselling author of Empires of the Sea charts Venices astounding five hundred year voyage to the pinnacle of power in an epic story that stands unrivaled for drama intrigue and sheer opulent majesty City of Fortune traces the full arc of the Venetian imperial saga from the ill fated Fourth Crusade which culminates in the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 to the Ottoman Venetian War of 14991503 which sees the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians as the preeminent naval power in the Mediterranean In between are three centuries of Venetian maritime dominance during which a tiny city of lagoon dwellers grow into the richest place on earth Drawing on firsthand accounts of pitched sea battles skillful negotiations and diplomatic maneuvers Crowley paints a vivid picture of this avaricious enterprising people and the bountiful lands that came under their dominion From the opening of the spice routes to the clash between Christianity and Islam Venice played a leading role in the defining conflicts of its timethe reverberations of which are still being felt today Crowley writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page The New York Times Crowley chronicles the peak of Venices past glory with Wordsworthian sympathy supplemented by impressive learning and infectious enthusiasm The Wall Street Journal



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