A history of Venice

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Knopf, 1982 - History - 673 pages
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At once the most comprehensive and the most engaging history of Venice available in English, this book will be treasured by all those who share the author's fascination with "the most beautiful and magical of cities." Book jacket.

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Really lovely and super well researched. - Goodreads
Throughly researched with interesting anecdotes. - Goodreads
I was not fond of the book's layout. - Walmart
glad we have an overview like this in English! - Goodreads

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A well-written and comprehensive overview of the history of both the city and republic of Venice. The pace is quick, the style witty, and by erudite elaborations makes for a stimulating read; in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pier Grenville - Goodreads

Much like reading 1,000 years of strata minutes. It took me a long time to read this book, partly because of its massive size, and partly because of its soporific effects. Accounts of the city's ... Read full review


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Emergence 717811
The City Rises Up 811900

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About the author (1982)

John Julius Norwich is the son of the statesman and diplomat Alfred Duff Cooper (1st Viscount) and the Lady Diana Cooper. He was educated at Eton, Oxford and the University of Strasbourg. He is a prolific author of magisterial histories of Norman Sicily, the republic of Venice, and the Byzantine empire, of architecture and music, and has edited numerous titles.

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