Traces the rise ot empire of this city from its 5th century beginnings all the way through until 1797 when Napolean put an end to the thousand year old Republic 32 pages of black and white photos, 4 maps and charts.
A History of Venice Traces the rise ot empire of this city from its th century beginnings all the way through until when Napolean put an end to the thousand year old Republic pages of black and white photos m
PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEUS I have always loved Venice, with an intense passion that I have never felt for any other place Venice is one of whose very few special cities where the soul of the receptive visitor can full immerse itself into the magic of almost two thousand years of Her proud and unique history, breath Her melancholic beauty and fall in love with Her special atmosphere Venice is a special place, inviting introspective contemplation while aimlessly meandering, after dusk, in the [...]
A History of Venice, by John Julius Norwich, is an in depth analysis of the history of the Republic of Venice from inception to its eclipse and demise Venice came together around the time of the fall of the Western Roman Empire, as refugees from various Italian cities found themselves fleeing an onslaught of German and Hun invaders As the Western Roman Empire crumbled, they found refuge amongst the lagoons of modern Venice, an ideal and strategic location that would serve the fledgling city well [...]
In this one of Professor Norwich s fairly early narratives, copywrited in 1982, he has written a very reader friendly look at the history of Venice, from its earliest beginnings as a place of refuge for people fleeing the collapse of the Western Roman Empire through to its ending at the hands of Napoleon In telling the tale of Venice, the author focuses on the political economic history of the City state that at one time boasted it ruled a quarter and a half of the Eastern Roman Empire.In tellin [...]
If I could have super powers, I d be able to read books as fast as Johnny Five from Short Circuit and write them as beautifully as John Julius Norwich Loved every page of this sumptuous romp through a thousand years of history effortlessly learning a great deal in the process Venice is at the heart of a great many pivotal events of the Middle Ages and on the periphery of many To see the era from the Venetian perspective is to get a different take on it one that is hard nosed and practical agai [...]
This is another one of those books that I left on the shelf for an outrageous length of time, fearing that if I picked it up I might drop it and thus kill the cat It s 673 pages long, including indices, and a close type at that Once I finally ran out of new excuses for keeping it in my backlog, I basically inhaled the entire content in one, three week long draught It just shows how expectations can confound Norwich looks like the kind of work with which one beats off intruders, but it was, in fa [...]
I ve not yet been to Venice and hope to remedy that situation this autumn I read this work as background for the visit and found it surprisingly interesting and readable, not a bit dry or tedious It s delightfully written and seems thorough without being pedantic It focuses on political history without delving much into art or architecture, so it s best supplemented by other books in those areas to derive a full and rounded picture of Venice.Over the years I ve encountered frequent allusions to [...]
It s good, and it s thorough, but I found it a bit disappointing However, I spent most of the book wondering why Partly, I think, it is because there are very few personalities in the book Norwich himself actually complains of this on two occasions there s just very few places in Venetian history where you can say anything about the personality of someone.However, I think the main problem is I was hoping for a history of the Venetian state, and the book is really a history of the city, though re [...]
Disclaimer This book took a long time to read It is very dense, and covers the entire life of Venice, which is hundreds of years.That said, this is one of the best history books I ve ever read Norwich s writing style sometimes lyrical, sometimes conversational lends itself well to such a large topic He manages to cover the major points of Venice s history without going off on many tangents, yet he manages to give us little tidbits of information that you may not get in other history books.Moreov [...]
The reader will naturally have very high expectations on beginning Lord Norwich s History of Venice At the time this book was published, John Julius Norwich had already established himself as an historian or the first rank with his two volume history of the Norman Kingdoms in southern Italy The city of Venice was perhaps the greatest love of his live For many years, he chaired the international Venice in Peril Fund which raises money to preserve the unique architecture of this city in a Lagoon N [...]
I honestly cannot recall another book from my recent past that grabbed my interest by the throat sorry for the image and never let go of it Mr Norwich did a wonderful job with this uniquely European city For me Venice represents everything that is good and noble and great in Europe This city couldn t have been bigger If you wanted to live there, you had to find your place in the community Simple choice, it was Mr Norwich tells the story of this fabolous city in rich detail and with obvious love [...]
If there s a thorough and comprehensive history of Venice than this, then I would be the first to read it However, I doubt there is For an overview of Venice from its earliest settlement as a group of fishing communities to its fall as a grand republic and beyond, one couldn t do much better than read this work.
A political history of Venice from its first settlement until the destruction of the Republic by Napoleon Norwich is a fine writer and is able to make fourteen hundred years of and then and then interesting What I found particularly intriguing is Venice s survival as a republic for over a thousand years, a record for continuous self government that has not been equalled anywhere to my knowledge no revolutions, no conquests until Napoleon How was this possible Venetians were no honest or wiser t [...]
John Julius Norwich provides a wonderful overview of the rise, apex, and eventual stagnation of the most serene republic, from the ashes of the Western Roman Empire to Napoleon s unchallenged capture of the city Norwich, best known for his histories of Byzantium and Norman Sicily, expertly weaves regional and European history into the story Fascinating and often hilarious details about the doges and various scoundrels provide a human touch to the saga Best part was about how Venice acquired St M [...]
John Julius Norwich remains one of my favorite historians to read Not quite as good as A Short History of Byzantium, but close.
I am relieved I finally finished this book The main text is 639 pages of small print Almost all of the history was new to me, so it took me a long time to digest the material, leading me to read it in small bites This is not sort of book I normally enjoy The prose is excellent, but it is a very old fashioned history text, full of treaties, battles, and successions of powerful men Norwich emphasizes that Venice was a major economic power, but he does not put that in context How much of European t [...]
Excellent book on the history of Venice but also covering much of the Byzantine Empire, the Papal State Western Empire intrigues in Italy, Genoese republics, Norman Sicily and the rise of the Western and Balkan national states The rise of Venice is both implicitly and explicitly covered and appears due to a combination of geographical and social facts Geographically the impregnability of the lagoon initially to barbarian ravages which made it a multi cultural refuge and led to its initial establ [...]
A solid and even beautifully written political history of the Venetian Republic I have to admit that it took me a long time to finish This was partly because of the vast number of names of Doges and other officials But, in the end, I was disappointed with what was left out that what was included Norwich includes nothing about Venice after Napoleon and virtually no social or cultural history Artistic and cultural figures are treated as peripheral actors at most Yes, this is a history of Venice w [...]
De entrada el libro me llam mucho la atenci n, esperaba que por fin me aclarase detalles sobre la historia de la Seren sima Incluso su tama o me resultaba alentador, sonaba a que estar an todos los detalles y m s all.Sin embargo, ha sido una experiencia algo agridulce No pienso desmerecer el trabajo del autor, que es toda una haza a, ni la forma en la que nos da la informaci n, que es sumamente amena Pero lo que me ha resultado inc modo, es la forma anticuada al m s puro estilo historicista del [...]
The focus of the book is not what I had expected It seemed to be very heavy in descriptions of wars As Venice is so beautiful, I had expected to read about the parts of Venice that make it so unique I did learn that Venice had a long history of being tolerant of others ideas and religions, and that it was brought to its knees by Napoleon.
I feel like this book deserves a review since I ve spent almost a year reading it interrupted by other books, of course Why did I read it I ve never been to Venice, and it far from tops my list of places I want to go before I die The easy answer is this my best friend is a historian He s gushed about this book forever He left his copy at my house and demanded that I read it The things one does for love It s an interesting book The story of Venice is markedly different from that of other european [...]
Last summer I had the good fortune to live in Venice for a few months while there, a friend gifted me a copy of John Julius Norwich s A History of Venice Sadly for me, I did not have the time to peruse its pages as I was busy cramming in as much touring as possible while taking classes at the Instituto Venezia s Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti This year, I finally had the chance to finish the book and I can safely say that it was a real treat Norwich provides a thorough history of Venice that leaves [...]
After Karen and I visited Venice over the summer, I grew interested in its history This book covers its history from it s earliest founding until its fall into French hands in 1797 The Most Serene Republic of Venice had an amazing run it existed as an entity with a very secure, non dynastic, political structure from the late 7th century until Napoleon than 1100 years Venice is a beautiful city in a remarkable and defensible locale, but today it s hard to picture it at its height when it stood as [...]
This book is another prime example of why Lord Norwich is one of my favourite current popular historians, and though a smaller work, is just as much of an achievement as his monumental History of Byzantium Even though his book runs to something a little less than a page for each year of the existence of Venice as an independent city state, he still manages to cover in detail the sometimes tortuous twists and turns of Venetian politics with clarity and skill there is no confusion between the four [...]
As Rome tottered and fell in the fifth century, refugees fled to the islands off the northeast coast of the Adriadic The few miles off the mainland provided a sanctuary where a remarkable city state and empire developed that remained independent until 1797 when Napoleon seized the city and wiped away it s independence A weighty tome at 647 pages, it gallops over a 1200 span focusing on politics and a dizzying catalog of wars, won and lost The city prospered by looking towards Asia where it corne [...]
One of the best history reads I ve ever experienced Venice is a unique city in the world, for its culture and history It was a Republic that lasted over 1000 years, had the most civilized and liberal constitution in the world during its whole existence, up until the creation of the United States of America Venice truly was the city on a hill , the light that shines in the darkness of Europe, where everywhere around her there was tyranny, fanaticism, intolerance and ignorance, Venice stood out fr [...]
Covering the Republic of Venice s 1000 years of existence up to its end in 1797, this thorough and well researched book gives its readers a richly detailed history of this truly most remarkable of cities.Curious about Venice and her history This book is perfect for you It reads extremely well and takes care to explain things in a way that is accessible and unpretentious Of course, the history of Venice cannot be told in a vacuum Consequently, the readers also learn about some history of Europe, [...]
This was one of several used paperbacks I picked up for a three week trip that kicked off with four days in Venice I planned to read the book in the evenings during my sojourn there and then leave it in the hotel for another visitor to enjoy Wrong This 600 page puppy is DENSE I didn t turn the final, very satisfying pages until during my return flight So reader be forewarned this is a very complete history that requires slow reading in measured doses You may flag a bit by the middle and despair [...]
When I started this book, I figured I d probably get lost in its 1000 plus pages, skip around to the interesting bits and discard it guiltily about a third of the way through Instead, to my amazement, I read through the entire thing with complete pleasure Mr Norwich loves his subject mightily but he s witty and British enough to maintain a storyteller s distance from her history He repeatedly apologizes unnecessarily for boring the reader with endless tales of battle He diligently reports horrif [...]
The author details the ups downs of the history of the Venetian Republic from its 8th century birth in the murky Venetian lagoon to its capitulation to Napoleon in 1797 There are stories of the merchants who brought back the remains of St Mark the Evangelist from Egypt, supposedly smuggled from the Muslims under a shipment of pork Marin Falier, the Doge who was executed for planning a violent overthrow of his own government Enrico Dandolo, the aged blind warrior doge, who personally led the Vene [...]
Norwich s History of Venice is often defined as the standard English language narrative on the history of the Most Serene Republic It focuses mostly on political and military events wars, treaties, intrigues, etc , with few digressions on economic and cultural history It introduces the reader to a long, sweeping sequence of events, narrated with ease and panache yet, the sheer quantity of facts is rather overwhelming, and Norwich himself complains about the lack of great personalities to enliven [...]