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Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice


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FiguresAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Rise of the New Families2. Patriarch Enrico Dandolo & the Reform of the Venetian Church3. Vitale Dandolo & the Reform of the Venetian State4. Coming of Age, 1175-11925. The Medieval Dogeship & the Election of 11926. Enrico Dandolo's Dogeship: The First Decade, 1192-12017. The Crucible of the Crusade8. Venice & the Diversion9. The Conquest of Constantinople10. The Venetians in the Latin Empire, 1204-1205Epilogue: Birth of a Maritime EmpireAppendix: Dandolo GenealogyAbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex

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This book provides the best study in English of a twelfth-century Italian city: authoritative, accessible, and cogently argued. Written in a fluid, assured style that will appeal to general readers, it also learnedly and forthrightly takes on many controversial scholarly issues. Thomas Madden gives a full account of church and state developments that shaped Venetian history, and at the same time he presents a full treatment of the diplomatic and ecclesiastical aspects of the city's role in the Fourth Crusade. He brings medieval Venice to life, both in its lagoon and as a participant in great European movements. -- Stanley Chojnacki, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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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.


An example of the kind of history that should be read and written by all students of history. -- Donald B. Epstein History: Reviews of New Books This is a very readable book... No one working in the fields of Venetian, Byzantine, or Crusading history (in all three of which Madden is equally comfortable), much less medieval history in general, can ignore this book. With it, Madden more than ever stakes out his place as one of the most important medievalists in America at present. -- John W. Barker Medieval Review In addition to a lively narrative, Madden offers a new interpretation of Venice's role in the Fourth Crusade. Choice A refreshing contribution not only to study of the Fourth Crusade but also to that of medieval Venice. -- David Malkiel American Historical Review This book deserves to be considered authoritative because of Madden's use of sources contemporary to the Fourth Crusade and not written afterwards with the advantage of hindsight. -- Eleanor A. Congdon International Journal of Maritime History An elegantly constructed book that gives a new twist to the fourth crusade and a new perspective on the government and constitution of Venice at a critical moment in its development. -- Michael Angold International History Review Offers a useful account of a turning point in Venice's development. -- Jonathan Seitz Sixteenth Century Journal Helps shed a great deal of new light on the origins of Venice's political system. -- Karl Appuhn Speculum Madden provides an unusually lucid and thorough account. -- James S. Grubb Journal of Interdisciplinary History Provides an important contribution both to our understanding of Venice's political and constitutional evolution until the early thirteenth century and to the background of the Fourth Crusade. -- David Jacoby Mediterranean Historical Review Well-written and interesting study. -- James M. Powell Crusades Thanks to its resolutely urban perspective, its careful reading of the sources, and its well-founded and independent standpoint, this study is a benefit to the history of the Crusades and the history of Venice alike. -- Nikolas Jaspert Catholic Historical Review

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