For six centuries the Republic of Venice was a maritime empire, its sovereign power extending throughout much of the eastern Mediterranean - an empire of coasts, islands and isolated fortresses by which, as Wordsworth wrote, the mercantile Venetians 'held the gorgeous east in fee'. Jan Morris reconstructs the whole of this glittering dominion in the form of a sea-voyage, travelling along the historic Venetian trade routes from Venice itself to Greece, Crete and Cyprus. It is a traveller's book, geographically arranged but wandering at will from the past to the present, evoking not only contemporary landscapes and sensations but also the characters, the emotions and the tumultuous events of the past. The first such work ever written about the Venetian `Stato da Mar', it is an invaluable historical companion for visitors to Venice itself and for travellers through the lands the Doges once ruled.
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Book Description Harcourt Brace, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0151935041
Book Description Harcourt Brace, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110151935041
Book Description Harcourt Brace. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0151935041 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0032636