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The Venetian Empire : A Sea Voyage

By: Morris, Jan

0140119949 / 9780140119947
Paperback / softback
945.31
04/01/1990
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United Kingdom
129 x 198 mm, 157 grams 208 pages
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For six centuries the Republic of Venice was a maritime empire, its sovereign power extending throughout much of the eastern Mediterranean - an empire of coasts, islands and isolated fortresses by which, as Wordsworth wrote, the mercantile Venetians 'held the gorgeous east in fee'. Jan Morris reconstructs the whole of this glittering dominion in the form of a sea-voyage, travelling along the historic Venetian trade routes from Venice itself to Greece, Crete and Cyprus.

It is a traveller's book, geographically arranged but wandering at will from the past to the present, evoking not only contemporary landscapes and sensations but also the characters, the emotions and the tumultuous events of the past.

The first such work ever written about the Venetian `Stato da Mar', it is an invaluable historical companion for visitors to Venice itself and for travellers through the lands the Doges once ruled.

BIC:

1DST Italy, HBJD European history, HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, PDX History of science, RGL Regional geography

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