Venice: A New History
Thomas F. Madden
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A spellbinding new portrait of one of the world’s most beloved cities
La Serenissima. Its breathtaking architecture, art, and opera ensure that Venice remains a perennially popular destination for tourists and armchair travelers alike. Yet most of the available books about this magical city are either facile travel guides or fusty academic tomes. In Venice, renowned historian Thomas F. Madden draws on new research to explore the city’s many astonishing achievements and to set 1,500 years of Venetian history and the endless Venetian-led Crusades in the context of the ever-shifting Eurasian world. Filled with compelling insights and famous figures, Venice is a monumental work of popular history that’s as opulent and entertaining as the great city itself.
Venice welcome the news of the American Revolution? What was the relationship between the United States and the Republic of Venice during the two decades that their respective histories overlapped? Venetians were not unaware of the new birth. Their ambassador in Paris, Daniele Dolfin, sent home regular dispatches, keeping the Senate fully apprised of the American Revolutionary War. Dolfin met frequently with Benjamin Franklin, who expressed an admiration for Venice and a desire to visit.
impetuous rebel who had left. In clothing, manner, and even language he resembled a feudal baron, not a Venetian doge. Almost immediately he leveraged his new title to propose marriage to Waldrada, the sister of the Marquis of Tuscany and a kinswoman of Emperor Otto himself. The fact that Doge Pietro IV already had a wife and a grown son was no impediment. He simply sent his wife to the cloister at San Zaccaria and his son, now forcibly tonsured, to a monastery. The new German wife brought to the
Frederick assented. Envoys were then dispatched to Doge Ziani requesting oaths of safe passage to Venice, which he promptly granted. Frederick Barbarossa went to Ravenna, where he received regular reports from his ambassadors in Venice, while Pope Alexander celebrated Easter in Ferrara and then returned to Venice with his cardinals on May 10. Once again he was escorted grandly to San Marco and then to Patriarch Dandolo’s palace at Rialto, which became the headquarters for all negotiations.
of Europe. They embraced humility, closely following the simple instructions that Jesus Christ had given to his apostles in Matthew 10:8: “Freely have you received; freely give.” In 1210 Pope Innocent III had approved the new Order of the Friars Minor (Little Brothers), also known as the Franciscans. It grew at an astonishing rate. The friars were revered for their selflessness and holiness. As wealth grew in the commercial cities of northern Italy, many were the merchants who considered how rich
course, those few cittadini who reached the highest levels of wealth and service to the state could always hope for promotion to the nobility itself. These reforms, which were carried out slowly and with great caution, saved Venice from the warfare and tyranny that beset all the other Italian city-states during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They were not perfect (as we shall see), but they did provide a broad avenue for political expression by all Venetians, regardless of social class.