- Hardcover: 673 pages
- Publisher: Viking; First Thus edition (4 Nov. 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713915625
- ISBN-13: 978-0713915624
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A History of Venice Hardcover – 4 Nov 1982
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'Lord Norwich has loved and understood Venice as well as any other Englishman has ever done. He has put readers of his generation more in his debt than any other English writer' Peter Levi, The Sunday Times. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
About the Author
John Julius Norwich was born in 1929.
He has written many books, including a three-volume history of the Byzantium Empire.
John Julius Norwich lives in London, W9.-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
Top Customer Reviews
For this reader, at least, the author paid much too much attention to political and military events at the expense of social, economic and cultural developments.
The Kindle version of this book, riddled as it is with 'typos', is shamefully bad. Given how easy it is, nowadays, to correct such errors, I cannot understand how the book is sold in such poor condition.
Over the centuries, Venice grew ever more prosperous as her people began to trade more and more, and became excellent saliors, plying their craft upon the seas. As venice grew, so to did her peoples confidence as they started to see themselves a bread apart and also played the various European powers off against each other to maiuntain her independence. Venice also began to acquire overseas territories for means of resources and to safeguard her commerce. Tons and cities were gained on the Dalmatian coastline to secure timber for her ships and building materials for the city. Privileges were gained in the Levant and the Middle east during the time of the crusaders though in the Levant, venice was the primary insticator of the blackest treachery in Christendom, when the armies of the crusaders of the Fourth Crusade, sacked Constantinople, greatest Christian city on earth at that point, a blow from which Byzantium never recovered from, though Venice gained lands and treasure from it. From the late 1300s, Venice began to acquire a mainland empire as it was slowly dragged into the numerous Italian wars.Read more ›
In the beginning, Venice was a stronghold for Roman citizens seeking refuge from waves of barbarian invasions, 2.5 miles off the coast, a backwater as the Western Roman empire crumbled. Then, as a client under the protection of Byzantium, Venice slowly rose to become the premier commercial power of the Mediterranean. As a small island, everyone knew each other, so had to act in a relatively trustworthy manner in a time that piracy was indistinguishable from trade. It helped that Venetian merchants stole the body of St. Mark, using it as the basis for cosmic legitimacy and lending a kind of ideological coherence to their community - they acted in concert in unique ways for over 1,000 years.
The Venetians developed effective laws, the greatest seamanship in existence, and amassed capital that it could use for further investment, mercenaries, and bribes. Its trading partners appreciated these attributes, i.e. that Venice was relatively more trustworthy than its competitors. Together, these attributes enabled Venice to establish a number of exceedingly profitable monopolies over centuries, in particular that on spice for Europe (transport via the silk road over Asia). Though it fought many brutal wars with competitors Genoa and Pisa, Venice emerged triumphant for a time.
About 1200 a.d.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Following a television documentary about Venice I decided to learn more about the history. Who better to go to than John Julius Norwich with his easy style of writing and his depth... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Canon R. G. Western
Fascinating, readable, succinct. Would like to have heard more about Venice's artists and musicians though.Published 5 months ago by Bill 7
Just what I needed as background reading for my first ever visit to Venice this coming autumnPublished 11 months ago by Mrs. F. Green
Clear, concise, informative - the best account of Venetian history anyone could want.Published 12 months ago by Pw Martin
A masterful work let down by illegible typeface. Way too small.Published 14 months ago by Steve Coles
If you want a history of Venice you cant go wrong with this one. It has all the information presented in a good conversational style.Published 15 months ago by John Parker
John Julius Norwich has loved and understood Venice more than many Italians. Reading his book I feel I am back in my own beloved Venice.Published 23 months ago by Ivo
Fantastic book. History of Venice Doge by Doge. As it's quite linear and that the Doge's aren't the be all and end all, it works better than the 3 Byzantium books where you're... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2015 by Just my opinion
Fascinating. I like the way JJN writes, I find him very convincing. The history is largely confined to the political history rather than the cultural or mercantile history. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2014 by Simba the Lion