Summary

Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden focuses his expertise on what has been called the most beautiful city in the world: Venice. In these lectures, Professor Madden explains how the city on the lagoon was established by refugees escaping the onslaught of northern “barbarians” invading the crumbling Roman Empire. Through its history, Venice housed the world’s leading merchants, thrived as a maritime powerhouse, and developed into an independent republic not unlike the present United States. Venice draws millions of visitors each year, and these lectures shed light on why the city is such a continual source of fascination.
©2010 Thomas F. Madden (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 20-05-10

Interesting and entertaining

Recommended; very interesting and clear. Has the advantage of both giving the history of Venice and placing it in the general picture of European history. A BIG minus for the professor's pronounciation of Italian names and placenames, sometimes just annoying, but a lot of the time downright impossible to decifer, especially when dealing with less famous historical characters. And why should it be so difficult for a scholar to learn how to say 'Veneto' properly?? VEneto, not VenIIto. Please! Still, apart from this, nicely read, and very informative.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lord Peridot on 23-08-18

Another Madden home run!

Prof. Madden gives an excellent introduction to the long & important history of Venice's role in the commerce, diplomacy & military affairs of the mediterranean. Venice is a beautiful city but it has an equally fascinating past. Only slight criticsm is that would rather hear a bit more on the culture, economics & customs of the people at the expense of dynastic succession details. Lecture titles below.

1. Refugees of the Lagoon: The Origins of Venice
2. Coming of Age: The Expansion of Venetian Power
3. In a Dangerous World
4. In the Age of the Crusades
5. A Merchant Republic in a Feudal Age: Political Reform in Medieval Venice
6. Birth of a Maritime Empire: Venice and the Fourth Crusade
7. Birth of Modern Finance in Venice
8. The Rise of Venice: Prosperity and Power in the West and East
9. A Time of Wars: The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
10. A New World: The Fall of Byzantium and the Rise of the Renaissance
11. A Medieval Republic in a Modern World: The Decline and Fall of Venice
12. The Grand Tour and Carnevale
13. The Empty House: Venice and the State of Italy
14. Modern Venice

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5 out of 5 stars
By EmilyK on 04-06-17

Fascinating history

This might be my favorite history course on Audible. Fascinating lectures about topics I wasn't very familiar with. If you are interested in Italy, the early middke ages, the crusades, etc. I would recommend It. The lecturer is great and easy to listen to without being boring at all. Great preamble to my upcoming trip to Venice!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Abigail on 08-01-13

Fascinating, Action Packed History

Wow! Venice has the most amazing, influential and seedy history, I had no idea. This professor is very good at explaining a fascinating subject. One of my favorites under the Modern Scholar Michael Drout lectures. I wish there was more.

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