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  • Page extent: 480 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.7 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521428941 | ISBN-10: 0521428947)

This book traces the diplomatic, cultural and commercial links between Constantinople and Venice from the foundation of the Venetian republic to the fall of the Byzantine Empire. It aims to show how, especially after the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the Venetians came to dominate first the Genoese and thereafter the whole Byzantine economy. At the same time the author points to those important cultural and, above all, political reasons why the relationship between the two states was always inherently unstable.


Preface; List of abbreviations; Maps of the Byzantine and Venetian worlds; 1. Venice: the Byzantine province; 2. Venice: the Byzantine protectorate; 3. Venice: the ally of Byzantium; 4. Venice: the partner of Byzantium; 5. Byzantium, Venice and the First Crusade; 6. The parting of the ways; 7. The calm before the storm; 8. The Fourth Crusade; 9. Venice in Byzantium: the Empire of Romania; 10. Venice: champion of a lost cause; 11. Byzantium, Venice and the Angevin threat; 12. Byzantium, Venice and Genoa; 13. Conflicting interests and competing claims; 14. Byzantium, Venice and the Turks; 15. Byzantium: the victim of commercial rivalry; 16. The profit and honour of Venice; 17. Jewels for an island; 18. Byzantium in thrall to the Turks and in debt to Venice; 19. Byzantine optimism and Venetian vacillation; 20. Byzantium the suppliant of Venice; 21. The worst news for all of Christendom: Venice and the fall of Constantinople; 22. Legacies and debts; Byzantine Emperors; Doges of Venice; Bibliography; Index.


'… an important book on an important subject. It will be of interest to anyone interested in the history of Byzantium or the medieval Mediterranean.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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