City of Fortune How Venice Ruled the Seas

ISBN-10: 0812980220
ISBN-13: 9780812980226
Edition: N/A
Authors: Roger Crowley
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

“The rise and fall of Venice’s empire is an irresistible story and [Roger] Crowley, with his rousing descriptive gifts and scholarly attention to detail, is its perfect chronicler.”—The Financial Times TheNew York Timesbestselling author ofEmpires of the Seacharts Venice’s astounding five-hundred-year voyage to the pinnacle of power in an epic story that stands unrivaled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty.City of Fortunetraces the full arc of the Venetian imperial saga, from the ill-fated Fourth Crusade, which culminates in the sacking of Constantinople in 1204, to the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499–1503, which sees the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians as the preeminent naval power in the Mediterranean. In between are three centuries of Venetian maritime dominance, during which a tiny city of “lagoon dwellers” grow into the richest place on earth. Drawing on firsthand accounts of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers, Crowley paints a vivid picture of this avaricious, enterprising people and the bountiful lands that came under their dominion. From the opening of the spice routes to the clash between Christianity and Islam, Venice played a leading role in the defining conflicts of its time—the reverberations of which are still being felt today. “[Crowley] writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page.”—The New York Times “Crowley chronicles the peak of Venice’s past glory with Wordsworthian sympathy, supplemented by impressive learning and infectious enthusiasm.”—The Wall Street Journal

Roger Crowley read English at Cambridge. He has had a varied career as a teacher and publisher and is the author of three books on the history of the Mediterranean. He lives in Gloucestershire and now writes full time. His website address is www.rogercrowley.co.uk

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Place Names in This Book
Prologue: Departure
Opportunity: Merchant Crusaders, 1000-1204
Lords of Dalmatia
The Blind Doge
Thirty-four Thousand Marks
"A Dog Retailing to Its Vomit"
At the Walls
Four Emperors
"The Works of Hell"
Ascent: Princes of the Sea, 1204-1500
A Quarter and Half a Quarter
Demand and Supply
"In the Jaws of Our Enemies"
The Flag of Saint Titus
Bridling Saint Mark
Fight to the Finish
Stato da Mar
"Like Water in a Fountain"
City of Neptune: The View from 1500
Eclipse: The Rising Moon, 1400-1503
The Glass Ball
The Shield of Christendom
"If Negroponte Is Lost"
Pyramid of Fire
Hands on the Throat of Venice
Epilogue: Return
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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