The Venetians (Compact Disc)

A New History: From Marco Polo to Casanova

By Paul Strathern, Derek Perkins (Narrated by)

Tantor Audio, 9781452649474

Publication Date: January 29, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/28/2014)
Compact Disc (1/29/2014)
Paperback (11/15/2014)
Hardcover (12/24/2013)
MP3 CD (1/29/2014)

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The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria, and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic's eventual surrender to Napoleon. The Venetians illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history-Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, and Casanova. Frequently, though, these emblems of the city found themselves at odds with the Venetian authorities, who prized stability above all else, and were notoriously suspicious of any "cult of personality." Was this very tension perhaps the engine for the Republic's unprecedented rise? Rich with biographies of some of the most exalted characters who have ever lived, The Venetians is a refreshing and authoritative new look at the history of the most evocative of city-states.

About the Author

Paul Strathern is a Somerset Maugham Prize-winning novelist and the author of many nonfiction titles, including "The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior," "Napoleon in Egypt," and "Mendeleyev's Dream," which was short-listed for the Aventis Prize. Paul lives in England.

A native of the United Kingdom, "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner Derek Perkins's audiobook narration skills are augmented by knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents. He has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.