Prime Venice: A New HistoryAuthor Thomas F Madden – Collateralloan.co

Breezy, cheerful, evenhanded, Madden debunks myths about Venetian decadence, and brushes aside ugly whispers about greedy, unscrupulous merchants When a colorful character pops up Marco Polo, Casanova , he makes the most of it in his brisk, no nonsense prose New York TimesMadden paints a vivid portrait of a city without land, an empire without borders His engaging work enters a sparse historiography that includes Roger Crowleys City of Fortune and John Julius Norwichs enduring A History of Veniceand separates itself by offering a readable overview backed by solid research Readers will come away from Maddens Venice with newfound respect for one of the great jewels of Western civilization Booklist starred review A lively and lucid survey of Venice s colorful history The Seattle Times A savory, tantalizing, but not so serene history of La Serenessima Publishers WeeklyMadden proves the perfect guide to the magical city of Venice His history is not only authoritative and encyclopedic, encompassing everything from the plundering of Attila the Hun to Katharine Hepburns tribulations while filming Summertime, it is also unfailingly readable and amusinga must read for Europhiles, armchair travelers, and history buffs Ross King, author ofBrunelleschis Dome and LeonardoandThe Last Supper Thomas Maddens portrait of Venice glows like one of the citys own rich and colorful artworksa tapestry woven from a thousand tales, with unforgettable characters, daring exploits, and inspiring triumphs against overwhelming odds Its all here free enterprise and free thought, voyages and empire building between East and West, and some of the worlds most magnificent achievements in architecture, painting, and music All the threads of Venetian history are traced with a scholars zeal for accuracy But Madden is also a born storyteller, with a keen eye for the illuminating detail that can bring a scene to life, from Roman refugees fleeing Attila the Hun to modern tourists invading the Rialto For those who think they know Venice, Maddens book will be a revelation For newcomers, this comprehensive overview is essential reading John R Hale, author of Lords of the Sea Madden is that rare talenta serious scholar who tells a gripping story He breathes life into Venetian history in all its subtle complexity, rescuing the Venetians from the common stereotype of one dimensional merchants This book is a fantastic read Lars Brownworth, author of Lost to the West The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western CivilizationA spellbinding new portrait of one of the worlds most beloved cities, from the author of Istanbul La Serenissima Its breathtaking architecture, art, and opera ensure that Venice remains a perennially popular destination for tourists and armchair travelers alike Yet most of the available books about this magical city are either facile travel guides or fusty academic tomes In Venice, renowned historian Thomas F Madden draws on new research to explore the citys many astonishing achievements and to set , years of Venetian history and the endless Venetian led Crusades in the context of the ever shifting Eurasian world Filled with compelling insights and famous figures, Venice is a monumental work of popular history thats as opulent and entertaining as the great city itself