By Thomas F. Madden
Between the 11th and 13th centuries, Venice reworked itself from a suffering service provider commune to a strong maritime empire that may form occasions within the Mediterranean for the subsequent 400 years. during this magisterial new publication on medieval Venice, Thomas F. Madden lines the city-state's notable upward push during the lifetime of Enrico Dandolo (c. 1107–1205), who governed Venice as doge from 1192 till his demise. The scion of a filthy rich service provider kin deeply excited about politics, faith, and international relations, Dandolo led Venice's forces in the course of the disastrous Fourth campaign (1201–1204), which got down to overcome Islamic Egypt yet as an alternative destroyed Christian Byzantium. but regardless of his impact at the process Venetian history,we recognize little approximately Dandolo, and lots more and plenty of what's identified has been distorted by means of myth.
The first full-length learn dedicated to Dandolo's lifestyles and occasions, Enrico Dandolo and the increase of Venice corrects the numerous misconceptions approximately him that experience amassed over the centuries, delivering a correct and incisive evaluation of Dandolo's factors, talents, and achievements as doge, in addition to his role―and Venice's―in the Fourth campaign. Madden additionally examines the capacity and strategies wherein the Dandolo relatives rose to prominence through the previous century, therefore illuminating medieval Venice's singular political, social, and non secular atmosphere. Culminating with the difficulty brought on by means of the failure of the Fourth campaign, Madden's groundbreaking paintings unearths the level to which Dandolo and his successors turned torn among the anxieties and apprehensions of Venice's electorate and its escalating responsibilities as a Mediterranean power.