City of Fortune

City of Fortune

How Venice Ruled the Seas

Book - 2011 | 1st U.S. ed
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Draws on firsthand accounts of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers to offer a complete history of Venice's centuries-long reign as a naval power and maritime trading empire.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781400068203
Branch Call Number: 945 Crow
Characteristics: xxix, 432 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: departure
Part I. Opportunity: Merchant Crusaders, 1000-1204
Lords of Dalmatia
The blind Doge
Thirty-four thousand marks
"A dog returning to its vomit"
At the walls
Four emperors
"The works of hell"
Part II. 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
Part III. 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


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