Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice

ISBN-10: 0801885396

ISBN-13: 9780801885396

Edition: 2003

Authors: Thomas F. Madden
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Description: Between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, Venice transformed itself from a struggling merchant commune to a powerful maritime empire that would shape events in the Mediterranean for the next four hundred years. In this magisterial new book on medieval Venice, Thomas F. Madden traces the city-state's extraordinary rise through the life of Enrico Dandolo (c. 1107--1205), who ruled Venice as doge from 1192 until his death. The scion of a prosperous merchant family deeply involved in politics, religion, and diplomacy, Dandolo led Venice's forces during the disastrous Fourth Crusade (1201--1204), which set out to conquer Islamic Egypt but instead destroyed Christian Byzantium. Yet despite his influence on the course of Venetian history,we know little about Dandolo, and much of what is known has been distorted by myth. The first full-length study devoted to Dandolo's life and times, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice corrects the many misconceptions about him that have accumulated over the centuries, offering an accurate and incisive assessment of Dandolo's motives, abilities, and achievements as doge, as well as his role -- and Venice's -- in the Fourth Crusade. Madden also examines the means and methods by which the Dandolo family rose to prominence during the preceding century, thus illuminating medieval Venice's singular political, social, and religious environment. Culminating with the crisis precipitated by the failure of the Fourth Crusade, Madden's groundbreaking work reveals the extent to which Dandolo and his successors became torn between the anxieties and apprehensions of Venice's citizens and its escalating obligations as a Mediterranean power.

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 9/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Rise of the New Families
Patriarch Enrico Dandolo & the Reform of the Venetian Church
Vitale Dandolo & the Reform of the Venetian State
Coming of Age, 1175--1192
The Medieval Dogeship & The Election of 1192
Enrico Dandolo's Dogeship: The First Decade, 1192--1201
The Crucible of the Crusade
Venice & the Diversion
The Conquest of Constantinople
The Venetians in the Latin Empire, 1204--1205
Epilogue: Birth of a Maritime Empire
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