La Serenissima: The Story of Venice by Jonathan Keates ISBN:9781789545050

La Serenissima by Jonathan Keates

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A stunningly illustrated history of Venice, from its beginnings as ‘La Serenissima’ – ‘the Most Serene Republic’ – to the Italian city that continues to enchant visitors today.

‘Everything about Venice,’ observed Lord Byron, ‘is, or was, extraordinary – her aspect is like a dream, and her history is like a romance.’ Dream and romance have conditioned myriad encounters with Venice across the centuries, but the city’s story embodies another kind of experience altogether – the hard reality of an independent state built on conquest, profit and entitlement and on the toughness and resilience of a free people. Masters of the sea, the Venetians raised an empire through an ethos of service and loyalty to a republic that lasted a thousand years.

In this new study of key moments in Venice’s history, from its half-legendary founding amid the collapse of the Roman empire to its modern survival as a fragile city of the arts menaced by saturation tourism and rising sea levels, Jonathan Keates shows us just how much this remarkable place has contributed to world culture and explains how it endures as an object of desire and inspiration for so many.

An illustrated history of Venice, from its beginnings as ‘La Serenissima’ – ‘the Most Serene Republic’ – to the Italian city that continues to enchant visitors today.


About the Author: Jonathan Keates is a historian and writer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Trustee of the London Library, and Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund. He is the author of a number of acclaimed biographies, including works on Handel, Purcell and Stendhal, as well as several travel books about Italy. For his services to promoting Italian culture in the UK he was recently honoured with the prestigious Ordine della Stella d’Italia.

 

Additional information

Format

Hardback

Genre

Travel writing

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)

ISBN

9781789545050

Date of Publication

20 Oct 1125

La Serenissima: The Story of Venice by Jonathan Keates ISBN 9781789545050

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