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By Thomas F. Madden

Between the 11th and 13th centuries, Venice reworked itself from a suffering service provider commune to a robust maritime empire that will form occasions within the Mediterranean for the subsequent 400 years. during this magisterial new e-book on medieval Venice, Thomas F. Madden lines the city-state's awesome upward thrust throughout the lifetime of Enrico Dandolo (c. 1107–1205), who governed Venice as doge from 1192 till his loss of life. The scion of a filthy rich service provider kin deeply concerned about politics, faith, and international relations, Dandolo led Venice's forces throughout the disastrous Fourth campaign (1201–1204), which got down to overcome Islamic Egypt yet in its place destroyed Christian Byzantium. but regardless of his impact at the process Venetian history,we recognize little approximately Dandolo, and lots more and plenty of what's recognized has been distorted by means of myth.

The first full-length examine dedicated to Dandolo's lifestyles and occasions, Enrico Dandolo and the increase of Venice corrects the various misconceptions approximately him that experience collected over the centuries, supplying a correct and incisive overview of Dandolo's causes, talents, and achievements as doge, in addition to his role—and Venice's—in the Fourth campaign. Madden additionally examines the ability and strategies in which the Dandolo relatives rose to prominence through the previous century, therefore illuminating medieval Venice's singular political, social, and spiritual surroundings. Culminating with the challenge induced by means of the failure of the Fourth campaign, Madden's groundbreaking paintings finds the level to which Dandolo and his successors grew to become torn among the anxieties and apprehensions of Venice's electorate and its escalating tasks as a Mediterranean power.

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As a result, sympathies in Venice began to lean toward Innocent. 28 Nevertheless, Doge Polani continued to keep quiet about the schism. He sent forward no nomination for a successor to Patriarch Gradenigo because the very act of doing so would force him to recognize the authority of one of the popes. But he could only play that game for so long. In Constantinople, John II Comnenus was enraged when he learned of Roger’s coronation. Now that difficulties between Byzantium and Venice had been resolved, John sent envoys to the doge requesting an alliance against the Normans.

113 Shortly after the fall of Tyre, Doge Domenico Michiel bade farewell to his allies. There remained, however, the pressing problem of John II’s refusal to honor the prom- R ise of the New Families 17 ises of his father to Venice’s merchants. The doge was still determined to change the emperor’s mind. In October 1124 the Venetians raided the island of Rhodes, then wintered at Chios, where they snatched the body of St. Isidore. Then they spent the spring of 1125 raiding and plundering various Greek islands before returning to the Adriatic.

In an emotional ceremony, the Patriarch of Grado, Pietro Badoer, gave Bishop Contarini a banner emblazoned with a large cross. Likewise, the doge gave his son the banner of St. 75 Thus began a tradition emblazoned permanently on the Venetian civic character of grand expeditions in the service of the faith. It would be replayed frequently, during the Venetian Crusade of 1122, the Fourth Crusade, and a host of other crusades throughout the centuries. In this case, although the Venetians could not know it at the time, within a few days or weeks of their departure from home the object of the enterprise, Jerusalem, had fallen into Christian hands.

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