"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.
This is a splendid book to prepare for a visit to Venice. I read it each time I go there to be reminded that behind all the romantic views and glorious buildings lies a very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by nathaniel healy
One of the best history reads I've ever experienced. Venice is a unique city in the world, for its culture and history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Buenoslibros.es
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 WINGS... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Glenn J. Shea
I am an historian, and never have I found a book so superbly researched and written.Published 7 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 10 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 12 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 13 months ago by James Connelly