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To help make your historical tour of Venice a culturally enriching and educational experience, Venicescapes recommends the following books:


Story of a Mercantile Empire


Venice: A Maritime Republic
Frederic Chaplan Lane


Venice: Lion City
Garry Wills


A History of Venice
John Julian Norwich


The Genius of Venice
Dial Parrott


The Architectural History of Venice
Deborah Howard


Venetian Ships and Shipbuilders of the Renaissance
Frederic Chaplan Lane


A Short History of Byzantium
John Julian Norwich


The New Concise History of the Crusades
Thomas Madden


The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople
Jonathan Phillips


The Travels of Marco Polo
Marco Polo


Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World
John Larner


The Mongols
David Morgan


The Ottoman Empire and the World around It
Suraiya Faroqhi


A Most Serene Republic


Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice
Edward Muir


Myths of Venice: The Figuration of a State
David Rosand


Politics in Renaissance Venice
Robert Finlay


The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: The Renaissance
Quintin Skinner


Venetian Studies
Horatio Robert Forbes Brown


Controlling the State:
Constitutionalism from Ancient Athens to Today

Scott Gordon


The Machiavellian Moment:
Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition

John Greville Agand Pocock


The Classical Republicans:
An Essay on the Recovery of a Pattern of Thought
in Seventeenth-Century England

Zera S. Fink


The Political Science of John Adams
Correa Moylan Walsh


A City of Nations


The Jews of Early Modern Venice
Robert C. Davis and Benjamin Ravid


The Ghetto of Venice
Riccardo Calimani


The Jews of Europe and the Inquisition of Venice
Brian Pullan


Venetian Narrative Painting in the Age of Carpaccio
Patricia Fortini Brown


Likeness and Presence:
A History of the Image before the Era of Art

Hans Belting


The Mystical Language of Icons
Solrunn Nes


The Splendors of Piety


Venetian Painting: A Concise History
John Steer


Painting in Renaissance Venice
Peter Humfrey


Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice
Frederick Ilchman, David Rosand, Linda Borean,
Patricia Brown, andJohn Garton


The Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice
Peter Humfrey


Rich and Poor in Renaissance Venice
Brian Pullan


Piety and Patronage in Renaissance Venice:
Bellini, Titian, and the Franciscans

Rona Goffen


Custodian of Wisdom


Philosophy in Late Antiquity
Andrew Smith


The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy
ed. Charles B. Schmitt and Quentin Skinner


The Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance
Language, Philosophy, and the Search for Meaning

Christopher S. Celenza


Schooling in Renaissance Italy
Literacy and Learning, 1300-1600

Paul F. Grendler


Vittorino da Feltre and Other Humanist Educators
W. H. Woodward


The Art of Salvation


Painting in Renaissance Venice
Peter Humfrey


Tintoretto: Tradition and Identity
Tom Nichols


Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop
in Renaissance Venice

Virginia Brilliant and Frederick Ilchman


The Reformation: A History
Diarmaid MacCulloch


The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: The Reformation
Quintin Skinner


The Catholic Reformation
Michael Mullet


The Counter Reformation:
Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe

Martin D. W. Jones


The Refashioning of Catholicism, 1450-1700
Robert Bireley


Trent and All That: Renaming Catholicism
in the Early Modern Era

John W. O'Malley


Gasparo Contarini: Venice, Rome, and the Reform
Elizabeth G, Gleason


Venice's Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City
Elizabeth G, Gleason


Witchcraft and the Inquisition in Venice 1550-1650
Ruth Martin


The Age of Decadence


Painting in Eighteenth-Century Venice
Michael Levey


The Enlightenment: Studies in European History
Roy Porter


The Enlightenment: Brief History with Documents
Margaret C. Jacob


The Portable Enlightenment Reader
Isaac Kramnick


Italy and the Grand Tour
Jeremy Black


Venice and the Grand Tour
Bruce Redford


Italy's Eighteenth Century:
Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour

ed. Paula Findlen, Wendy Wassyng Roworth, and Catherine M. Sama


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