A HISTORY OF VENICE
July 27, 2004
A HISTORY OF VENICE, by John Julius Norwich (Vintage, 1989). There’s not much that I like better than reading a good popular history of a place or time that I am not overly familiar with beforehand. John Julius Norwich’s A HISTORY OF VENICE (Vintage, 1989) is all of that and more. Norwich, who also wrote a wonderful three-voume history of Byzantium, turns the thousand years of the Most Serene Republic into a rich, colorful, gorgeous pagaent of a book filled with incident and personality, thoroughly engrossing. Not to mention providing great grist for a fantasist’s mill. You can’t make this stuff up.