by David Chambers

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"This is an exciting educational enterprise, imaginatively and sensibly organized. Translated by a team of experts, the book is made up of short texts on nearly every aspect of Venetian life, including the urban topography, government, politics, social classes, religion, the city's large community of foreigners, crime and punishment, wealth public and private, poverty and charity, culture, entertainment, and the visual arts. This is a feast both for the classroom and the private study." Lauro Martines, UCLA

"The new book, Venice: A Documentary History David Chambers and Brian Pullan gives a first-rate picture, through a series of documents of the 'Glorious-era' of Venice 1450-1650. University tutors will surely be full of gratitude to the editors for devising and completing such a useful volume of texts." The Historical Association

"Fascinating and informative." Italica

"This splendid anthology, containing 250 documents, brilliantly illustrates the history, government, economy, culture, society and art of Venice in the High Renaissance."

"This is the best collection of documents for a Renaissance city that I have ever seen." Sixteenth Century Journal

"An imaginative and comprehensive selection for teaching, and pleasing students with its readability and clear organisation. Anyone interested in early modern Venice should be stimulated." Italian Studies

"This is an excellent collection of documents."

"This collection of documents will be invaluable for teachers of early modern Italy." Parergom

Some 150 mostly heretofore unpublished document excerpts describe the Renaissance city-state of Venice, and elucidate aspects of its authority and government; law, order, and social policy; wealth; faces of religion; social orders; charity and the poor; "foreign" residents; cultural life; and visual arts. Includes several illustrations and a glossary of terms. Chambers is with the Warburg Institute. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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