Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice

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JHU Press, 29.09.2006 - 320 Seiten

Between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, Venice transformed itself from a struggling merchant commune to a powerful maritime empire that would shape events in the Mediterranean for the next four hundred years. In this magisterial new book on medieval Venice, Thomas F. Madden traces the city-state's extraordinary rise through the life of Enrico Dandolo (c. 1107–1205), who ruled Venice as doge from 1192 until his death. The scion of a prosperous merchant family deeply involved in politics, religion, and diplomacy, Dandolo led Venice's forces during the disastrous Fourth Crusade (1201–1204), which set out to conquer Islamic Egypt but instead destroyed Christian Byzantium. Yet despite his influence on the course of Venetian history,we know little about Dandolo, and much of what is known has been distorted by myth.

The first full-length study devoted to Dandolo's life and times, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice corrects the many misconceptions about him that have accumulated over the centuries, offering an accurate and incisive assessment of Dandolo's motives, abilities, and achievements as doge, as well as his role—and Venice's—in the Fourth Crusade. Madden also examines the means and methods by which the Dandolo family rose to prominence during the preceding century, thus illuminating medieval Venice's singular political, social, and religious environment. Culminating with the crisis precipitated by the failure of the Fourth Crusade, Madden's groundbreaking work reveals the extent to which Dandolo and his successors became torn between the anxieties and apprehensions of Venice's citizens and its escalating obligations as a Mediterranean power.

 

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RISE of the NEW FAMILIES
1
PATRIARCH ENRICO DANDOLO the REFORM of the VENETIAN CHURCH
19
VITALE DANDOLO the REFORM of the VENETIAN STATE
39
COMING of AGE 11751192
63
THE MEDIEVAL DOGESHIO the ELECTION of 1192
90
ENRICO DANDOLOS DOGESHIP THE FIRST DECADE 11921201
105
THE CRUCIBLE of the CRUSADE
117
VENICE the DIVERSION
133
THE VENETIANS in the LATIN EMPIRE 12041205
173
BIRTH of a MARITIME EMPIRE
195
DANDOLO GENEALOGY
201
Abbrevialions
205
Notes
207
Bibliography
269
Index
291
Urheberrecht

THE CONQUEST of CONSTANTINOPLE
155

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Thomas F. Madden is an associate professor of history and chair of the history department at Saint Louis University. He is the author of A Concise History of the Crusades, coauthor (with Donald E. Queller) of The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople, editor of The Crusades: Essential Readings, and co-editor (with Ellen E. Kittell) of Medieval and Renaissance Venice.

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