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City of Fortune - How Venice Rule the Seas

Roger Crowley

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The rise and fall of the Venetian empire stands unrivaled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty. In City of Fortune, Roger Crowley, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author of Empires of the Sea, applies his narrative skill to chronicling the astounding five-hundred-year voyage of Venice to the pinnacle of power. Tracing the full arc of the Venetian imperial saga for the first time, City of Fortune is framed around two of the great collisions of world history: the ill-fated Fourth Crusade, which culminated in the sacking of Constantinople and the carve-up of the Byzantine Empire in 1204, and the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499–1503, which saw the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians as the preeminent naval power in the Mediterranean. In between were three centuries of Venetian maritime dominance—years of plunder and plague, conquest and piracy—during which a tiny city of “lagoon dwellers” grew into the richest place on earth. Drawing on firsthand accounts of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers, Crowley paints a vivid picture of this avaricious, enterprising people and the bountiful lands that came under their dominion. Defiant of emperors, indifferent to popes, the Venetians saw themselves as reluctant freebooters, compelled to take to the open seas “because we cannot live otherwise and know not how except by trade.” From the opening of the spice routes to the clash between Christianity and Islam, Venice played a leading role in the defining conflicts of its time—the reverberations of which are still being felt today. Only an author with Roger Crowley’s deep knowledge of post-Crusade history could put these iconic events into their proper context. Epic in scope, magisterial in its understanding of the period, City of Fortune is narrative history at its most engrossing.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edoardo Ballerini

Length:

14h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

11:39


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

24:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

22:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

26:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

25:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

26:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

25:39


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

28:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

25:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

18:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

15:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

12:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

20:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:44