The Venetians

The Venetians

A New History From Marco Polo to Casanova

Hardback368pp Illustrated

9781605984896     Product Code: 221105


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 and 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.

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