By Roger Crowley
The increase and fall of the Venetian empire stands unequalled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty. In City of Fortune, Roger Crowley, acclaimed historian and ny instances bestselling writer of Empires of the Sea, applies his narrative ability to chronicling the magnificent five-hundred-year voyage of Venice to the top of power.
Tracing the entire arc of the Venetian imperial saga for the 1st time, City of Fortune is framed round of the good collisions of global heritage: the ill-fated Fourth campaign, which culminated within the sacking of Constantinople and the carve-up of the Byzantine Empire in 1204, and the Ottoman-Venetian warfare of 1499--1503, which observed the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians because the preeminent naval strength within the Mediterranean. In among have been 3 centuries of Venetian maritime dominance--years of plunder and plague, conquest and piracy--during which a tiny urban of "lagoon dwellers" grew into the richest position on earth.
Drawing on firsthand bills of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers, Crowley paints a brilliant photo of this avaricious, enterprising humans and the bountiful lands that got here lower than their dominion. Defiant of emperors, detached to popes, the Venetians observed themselves as reluctant freebooters, forced to take to the open seas "because we can't dwell differently and understand now not how other than by way of trade." From the hole of the spice routes to the conflict among Christianity and Islam, Venice performed a number one position within the defining conflicts of its time--the reverberations of that are nonetheless being felt at the present time. in basic terms an writer with Roger Crowley's deep wisdom of post-Crusade historical past might positioned those iconic occasions into their right context.
Epic in scope, magisterial in its realizing of the interval, City of Fortune is narrative historical past at its such a lot engrossing.
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