City of fortune how venice ruled the seas by roger crowley illustrated 464 pp random house 32 nigel cliffs latest book is holy war how vasco da gamas epic voyages turned the tide . City of fortune how venice ruled the seas by roger crowley is a fascinating account of the venetian empire between the years 1200 and 1500 this book is not a dry recitation of dates names and battles. City of fortune traces the full arc of the venetian imperial saga from the ill fated fourth crusade which culminates in the sacking of constantinople in 1204 to the ottoman venetian war of 1499 1503 which sees the ottoman turks supplant the venetians as the preeminent naval power in the mediterranean. Roger crowley has accurately titled his book city of fortune how venice ruled the seas he deals with venice as a sea power giving next to no attention to the citys relationship with the italian peninsula fortune can mean material wealth or luck and the author describes venice in terms of both. City of fortune places those events in their proper historical context through roger crowleys engrossing narrative city of fortune by roger crowley is the saga of how refugees from the attacks of attila the hun built a city state on the banks of the sea and became a global power without land resources or agriculture
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