Italian Republics; Or, the Origin, Progress, and Fall of Italian Freedom

Italian Republics; Or, the Origin, Progress, and Fall of Italian Freedom

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...was killed early in the engagement; but that only served to redouble the animosity of the Genoese, and the Venetian fleet was almost annihilated. The senate threw Vittor Pisani, the greatest admiral the republic ever had, into prison, to punish him for a disaster which would have been avoided had his counsel been taken; for he had given battle by the express order of the senate, contrary to his own judgment. Pietro Doria, who succeeded Lucian in the command of the Genoese fleet, arrived on the 6th of August, to attack the canal or port of Chiozza, twentyfive miles south of Venice. It is one of the numerous openings which cut the Aggere, or long bank formed by nature between the Lagunc and the sea. Francesco da Carrara sent at the same time a flotilla of Paduan boats, to attack in rear the Venetians, who defended this opening. The port of Chiozza was forced, and the town taken, on the 16th of August. Chiozza, likeVenice, is in the bosom of the Lagune. The Genoese fleet, having arrived thus far, could pass up to the canals of Venice. Never had the republic been in such imminent danger; never had she offered to purchase peace by greater or more humiliating sacrifices. But the Genoese, the king of Hungary, and the lord of Padua, rejected all advances: Pietro Doria declared that he would not make peace, before he had bridled, with his own hand, the bronze horses in the square of St. Mark (the same which have since been seen in the Place du Carrousel at Paris). The Venetians, driven to the last extremity, redoubled their patriotic exertions: they drew Vittor Pisani from his dungeon, to place him in the command of a new fleet; they shut their canals with stockades; they recalled their many vessels dispersed in the Levant, and gavethe command of...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236981480
  • 9781236981486