A New History From Marco Polo to Casanova
Hardback 368pp Illustrated
9781605984896   Product Code: 21105
The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural and naval power of the Western world, building a trading empire that extended to China, Syria and West Africa. Here, Paul Strathern charts its rise and fall through the lives of some of the most colourful personalities in European history: Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, Casanova. Often at odds with the republic's mysterious rulers, these men embody the dynamism that powered this brilliant city state until its eventual surrender to Napoleon.