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Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Maddens majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the citys humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub. Madden explores all aspects of Venices breathtaking achievements: the construction of its unparalleled navy, its role as an economic powerhouse and birthplace of capitalism, its popularization of opera, the stunning architecture of its watery environs, and more. He sets these in the context of the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, the endless waves of Crusades to the Holy Land, and the awesome power of Turkish sultans. And perhaps most critically, Madden corrects the stereotype of Shakespeares money-lending Shylock that has distorted the Venetian character, uncovering instead a much more complex and fascinating story, peopled by men and women whose ingenuity and deep faith profoundly altered the course of civilization.
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Samplergal
Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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I just finished this article and I‘m so depressed. So many people don‘t believe climate change and here we are. I know it‘s not a book but important. #nfNovember

nelehelen SO important 2mo
Palimpsest 😢 2mo
BarbaraBB I can‘t believe many people DON‘T believe it. That seems so naive. 2mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB exactly 😫 2mo
Scochrane26 I get very frustrated & depressed, too. Especially when I read books or essays from 20-40 years ago that say the same thing as writers today. 2mo
Clwojick 6 pt. 2mo
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TheLibrarian
Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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So many books! 😍

Seriously, if you ever go to Venice check this place out - Libreria Acqua Alta. They also have a staircase outside made of books!! And they have cats.

Amabear This is SO on my bucket list 1y
Reviewsbylola Wowwwww! 😍😍 1y
rachelsbrittain This looks like heaven 😍 1y
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Krysta
Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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Liberia Acqua Alta in Venice.

This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I was in awe and so happy.

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TheLudicReader
Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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Come on. You can't visit Venice without visiting Libreria Aqua Alta.

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen Love it! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Turtle_Taco
Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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A Safe Haven of such Beauty 😻🖤❤️🖤

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Bookworm-Bobbie
Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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Found a library in Venice 😆🙌. The room houses books and scripts from 1600's, mostly religious texts, laws and by-laws and written in Latin and Italian. But a book is a book 😁❤️

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BookMusings
Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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Coolest staircase ever!

Behind Venice Bookshop Acqua Alta.

LeahBergen 💗 3y
TheLondonBookworm I loved that shop! 3y
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krpotts
Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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Starting a rare dive into non-fiction for my upcoming trip to the Floating City. Let's hope these 400+ pages of history capture what I'm expecting to be a wonderful city 🇮🇹
I also want to read something fictional set in Venice, if anyone has any suggestions!!

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