A History of Venice

A History of Venice

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John Julius Norwich's dazzling history of Venice from its origins to its eighteenth century fall. 'Lord Norwich has loved and understood Venice as well as any other Englishman has ever done. He has put readers of his generation more in his debt than any other English writer' - Peter Levi, "The Sunday Times".show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 44mm | 498.95g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32 b&w illustrations
  • 0141013834
  • 9780141013831
  • 151,665

Review quote

'Lord Norwich has loved and understood Venice as well as any other Englishman has ever done. He has put readers of his generation more in his debt than any other English writer' Peter Levi, The Sunday Times.show more

Review Text

This is an essential history for the reader who wants to understand this extraordinary city as well as to appreciate its treasures. An independent republic for over a thousand years, Venice has an involved as well as a long history; but John Julius Norwich brings to his account an eye for beauty, a fluent style and a charming wit. The book is infused with the devotion he has felt for the city ever since he was taken there as a boy by his parents to drift in a gondola down its canals and to wander along its calli, his father sensibly limiting to two the buildings they entered - the Basilica of St Mark and Harry's Bar. (Kirkus UK)show more

About John Julius Norwich

John Julius Norwich was born in 1929. He has written many books, including a three-volume history of the Byzantium Empire. John Julius Norwich lives in London, W9.show more

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