CITY OF FORTUNE: How Venice Won and Lost A Naval Empire


CITY OF FORTUNE: How Venice Won and Lost A Naval Empire

ROGER CROWLEY    Book Number: 86205    Product format: Paperback

Here is the gripping story of how Venice carved out its empire in the Eastern Mediterranean and how the Ottomans seized it piece by piece. The years 1000-1500 were a tapestry of Venetian bravura and Crowley writes of the sea battles and sieges with an eye for the colourful and with dramatic character sketches. Drawing on first-hand accounts of crusaders, sea captains and merchants as well as state records, here is a rich narrative about commerce and empire, seafaring and piracy from the Adriatic to Alexandria, from Crete to Constantinople and the Black Sea. He uses well-selected quotations from eyewitness chroniclers and thrillingly evokes the savageries and splendours of warfare and combat operations and the essence of Venetian economic power. It is also "an action-packed political and military history" - Kirkus Reviews. With an index of place names in the book, maps of the Venetian lagoon and more, and 14 illustrations, many of which are beautiful woodcuts. 405 page Faber paperback.
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from Anonymous on 13/10/2019
I didn't really know how Venice had become a maritime power and this book fills in the history very well! The research is good and the way the author writes, it's a joy to read and rattles along at a good pace. There is quite a bit on the apalling 4th Crusade and how the Venetians and the Franks (French) diverted the crusade from saving Jerulsalem to sacking and plundering Constantinople, an event which was to have major consequences for the Byzantine Empire and Venice later on!