"As a historian Lord Norwich knows what matters. As a writer he has a taste for beauty, a love of language and an enlivening wit.... He contrives, as no English writer has done before, to sustain a continuous interest in that crowded history." -- Hugh Trevor-Roper
"Will become the standard English work of Venetian history." -- C. P. Snow, Financial Times
"Lord Norwich has loved and understood Venice as well as any other Englishman has ever done. He has put readers of this generation more in his debt than any other English writer." -- Peter Levi, The Sunday Times (London)
I read this book in between my first and second trips to Venice.
Too often, a history becomes either a fantasy... or a dry-as-dust book showing a proliferation of passive tenses and turgid word-choice.
This really is a great book, and anyone interested in medieval or Meditteranean history should definitely read it.
. Venice in literature has largely had a regretful, malarial, even sinster presence. Think of what you encounter in such literary (and cinematic) confections as Henry James’s... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Glenn J. Shea
I am an historian, and never have I found a book so superbly researched and written.Published 2 months ago by Lee Levin
This is a classic scholarly history of Venice. Wish it were available as a Kindle. The book is large and an eVersion would come in handy on my trip to the city.Published 5 months ago by K L Karos
The book is fantastic. It was just as advertised, so there were no surprises. It came within just a few days of placing the order.Published 7 months ago by larry rhodes
From Norman Sicily to the Byzantine Empire to this history of Venice and onward to his book on 19th century Venice's influence on foreign artists, J.J. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Connelly
good to read where we come from and see how the world has changed.
Venice is an amazing place, full of color and stories.
I bought this book about 15 years ago and could not make headway with it amidst the blizzard of names of places and people, so I set it aside. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jim Short
Fascinating, brilliant and easy to read and follow this is one of the finest histories I have ever read. Bravo Mr Norwich and thank you.Published 16 months ago by Grant Mc Daniel
Almost like reading Game of Thrones, but in this case you need to remind yourself that it is based on historical fact. Read morePublished 20 months ago by diane jakubowski