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By Roger Crowley

A magisterial paintings of gripping historical past, "City of Fortune" tells the tale of the Venetian ascent from lagoon dwellers to the best strength within the Mediterranean - an epic yr voyage that encompassed campaign and alternate, plague, sea battles and colonial experience. In Venice, the trail to empire spread out in a chain of impressive contests - the sacking of Constantinople in 1204, the struggle to the end with Genoa and a determined defence opposed to the Turks. less than the lion banner of St Mark, she created an empire of ports and naval bases which funnelled the products of the area via its wharfs. within the approach town turned the richest position on the earth - an excellent mosaic formed from what it acquired, traded, borrowed and stole. in response to first hand debts of alternate and battle, seafaring and piracy and the locations the place Venetians sailed and died, "City of Fortune" is narrative heritage at its most interesting. starting on Ascension Day within the 12 months one thousand and finishing with an explosion off the coast of Greece - and the calamitous information that the Portuguese had pioneered a sea path to India - it is going to fascinate someone who loves Venice and the Mediterranean global.

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