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City of Fortune by Roger Crowley.. More from the maritime Med: this one a portrait of that most mysterious and enchanting of cities, Venice. At what cost beauty built upon the silted mud? And Why?!?

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Crowley, the British author of two previous books about epic conflicts between Muslims and Christians, has a fine eye for a set piece. He writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page, so much so that at times his sen­tences seem in danger of bursting their seams. In between, despite occasional slips — a misplaced sultan, a reference to Columbus’s impact on world events before the fact — he gives judicious, detailed accounts of Venice’s legal system and colonial policies, pepped up with grisly tales of enemies hacked, impaled or roasted alive."

The New York Times

"A masterly narrative that captures the religious fervor, brutality and mayhem of this intensive contest."

Kirkus Reviews

Author bio: Roger Crowley is a UK-based writer and historian and a graduate of Cambridge University. As the child of a naval family, his fascination with the Mediterranean world started early, on the island of Malta. He has lived in Istanbul, walked across much of western Turkey, and traveled widely throughout the region. His particular interests are the Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman empires, seafaring, and eyewitness history. He is the author of three books on the empires of the Mediterranean and its surroundings: 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople (2005), Empires of the Sea (2008) and City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Waves (2012).His website address is, where he blogs about history. More information can be found here:

Book Details: History; (464 pp. Kindle/Print editions)

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