History of Venice, Volume 2: Books V-VIII

History of Venice, Volume 2: Books V-VIII

by Pietro Bembo




Pietro Bembo (1470–1547), a Venetian nobleman, later a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, was the most celebrated Latin stylist of his day and was widely admired for his writings in Italian as well. His early dialogue on the subject of love greatly influenced the development of the literary vernacular, as did his Prose della volgar lingua (1525). From 1513 to 1521 he served Pope Leo X as Latin secretary and became known as the leading advocate of Ciceronian Latin in Europe and of the Tuscan dialect within Italy. He was named official historian of Venice in 1529 and began to compose in Latin his continuation of the city’s history in twelve books, covering the years from 1487 to 1513. Although the work chronicles internal politics and events, much of it is devoted to the external affairs of Venice, principally conflicts with other European states (France, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire, Milan, and the papacy) and with the Turks in the East. The History of Venice was published after Bembo’s death, in Latin and in his own Italian version. This edition, in a projected three volumes, makes it available for the first time in English translation.

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ISBN-13: 9780674022843
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Series: The I Tatti Renaissance Library , #32
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert W. Ulery, Jr., is Professor of Classical Languages, Wake Forest University.

Table of Contents

  • Map

Book V (1499-1501)
  • Preparations of the Turks and the Venetians for war
  • Battle of the Venetian Xeet with the Turkish
  • Lepanto is taken by the Turks
  • Antonio Grimani’s command of the Xeet is abrogated
  • Wars of Cesare Borgia in Romagna
  • Return of Ludovico Sforza to Milan
  • Ludovico and Ascanio are captured
  • Progress of the war with the Turks
  • Second battle of the Venetian and Turkish Xeets
  • Methoni is conquered by the Turks; Navarino is taken by the Turks
  • Coron and Aegina are taken by the Turks
  • Turks retire to Constantinople
  • Aegina is recovered by the Venetians; success of the Venetian Xeet against the Turks; Samothrace is taken by the Venetians; execution of Carlo Contarini
  • Spanish sovereigns send Xeet in aid of Venetians
  • Navarino retaken by the Venetians
  • Cephalonia attacked and taken
  • Gonzalo de Córdoba granted Venetian citizenship and noble status
  • Rewards to relatives of those who met death for the Republic
  • Abduction of a girl by Cesare Borgia
  • Treaty of the Venetians with King Ladislas of Hungary
  • Failed attack on Turkish ships at mouth of the Bojana river
  • Alessio surrenders to the Venetians
  • Reinforcements granted by Pope Alexander VI to the Venetians against the Turks, and summary of sale of indulgences in the Veneto
  • Cesare Borgia takes Faenza; death of Cardinal Battista Zen
  • Navarino again captured by the Turkish Sultan
  • Megara is destroyed by the Venetians
  • Durazzo captured by the Turks; death of Doge Agostino Barbarigo

Book VI (1501-1504)
  • Narrative of new lands and peoples
  • Peace agreement of King Louis of France with Emperor Maximilian I; Leonardo Loredan is declared doge
  • French and Portuguese Xeets sent in aid of the Venetians retreat without success; King Federico of Naples is ousted by the kings of France and Spain, who divide the kingdom among themselves
  • Progress of the war of the Venetians against the Turks; war of the king of Hungary against the Turk
  • Mytilene is attacked by the Venetian and French Xeet
  • The pirate Eric is captured and burned
  • Opposing declamations of Antonio Minio and Doge Loredan concerning the acceptance of half-pay of magistracies
  • Galley-captains denounced who had behaved as cowards
  • Lucrezia Borgia marries Alfonso d’Este; successes of the king of Hungary against the Turks; Venetian citizens at Constantinople restored to freedom
  • Towns of the Duke of Urbino are seized in ambush by Cesare Borgia
  • Anne de Candale marries the king of Hungary and comes to Venice; King Louis again comes to Italy, and the war of the same with the sovereigns of Spain on account of the borders of his dominion in the Kingdom of Naples
  • Lefkada is taken by the Venetians
  • Guidobaldo, Wnding no protection with King Louis, goes to Venice; then with the aid of the Orsini he returns to his duchy; many peoples wishing to surrender to the Republic are rejected
  • Embassy of the Spanish sovereigns to the Senate
  • Guidobaldo is again ousted by Cesare, and many princes are killed by the same
  • A law is passed against those who purchase beneWces
  • Death of Cardinal Giovanni Michiel
  • Peace agreement of Bayazid with Venice and the king of Hungary
  • King Louis of France seeks a new treaty with Venice
  • Death of Pope Alexander VI and misfortunes of Cesare Borgia; death of Benedetto Pesaro
  • Guidobaldo again returns into his duchy
  • Pope Pius III is elected and dies; Julius II succeeds him
  • Many towns in Romagna surrender to the Republic
  • Machinations of Florence against Venice
  • Pandolfo Malatesta hands Rimini over to Venice
  • Faenza is taken by the Venetians
  • Pope Julius’ designs against the Venetians
  • Niccolò Orsini’s command is extended

Book VII (1504-1509)
  • Francesco Maria della Rovere is adopted by Guidobaldo
  • Treaty between Louis and Maximilian
  • Tron is hanged in Venice for treason; Giovanni Sforza, lord of Pesaro, is married in Venice; death of Queen Isabella of Spain; death of Ercole d’Este
  • Fondaco de’ Tedeschi at Venice burned, rebuilt more lavishly by the Senate
  • Disputes settled between Senate and Pope Julius, and eight ambassadors sent to him
  • Alfonso d’Este arrives in Venice; treaty of Louis with Ferdinand of Aragon
  • War with pirates; embassy of the sultan of Tunis to the Senate, and his gifts; Nuremberg asks for a sample of Venetian laws
  • Senate hands Alessio over to the Turkish sultan; death of Sabellico; ambassador of the sultan of Eg ypt comes to Venice to settle disputes
  • Letter of Pope Julius is rejected by the Senate
  • Departure of Philip of Austria for Spain, and his death; King Ferdinand arrives in Naples
  • Giovanni Bentivoglio is driven from Bologna by Pope Julius
  • Senate decree passed against those who use the inXuence of princes or ambassadors
  • Death of Pietro Barozzi; citizenship and security granted to Genoese at their request
  • Louis arrives in Italy; conquest of Genoa; conversation of the same with King Ferdinand, and his return to Italy
  • Soldiers from countryside levied by Venetians
  • Maximilian’s request for permission to cross with his army denied; the Republic’s preparation for war
  • The Germans invade Tyrol and Friuli
  • Losses of the same at Pieve di Cadore
  • Trieste is conquered by the Venetians, with many other towns
  • Truce between Venetians and Maximilian
  • Massive earthquake on Crete; Contarini Camali dies in shipwreck
  • Law passed against those who seek magistracies by bribes
  • Maximilian’s plea for peace is denied
  • Strange people are captured in the British ocean
  • The League of Cambrai
  • Preparations of Venice for war
  • Gunpowder in the Arsenale struck by Wre
  • Deceptions of the king of Spain
  • Beginning of war against Venice
  • Venetians strike a treaty with four Swiss cantons
  • The king of France declares war on Venice
  • Venice excommunicated by the pope
  • The king of France arrives in Milan, and his troops
  • Battle of the Venetians and French at the Adda

Book VIII (1509)
  • Strategy and success of the Venetians after the defeat
  • Venice offers towns of Apulia to King Ferdinand
  • Brescia surrenders to King Louis
  • Monks of San Giorgio go from Venice to Ferrara
  • Towns of Romagna also handed over to Pope Julius, and to Maximilian those which belong to the Holy Roman Empire; treachery of Pope Julius and Alfonso d’Este
  • Many states surrender to the French
  • Venetians turn their strateg y toward the defense of the city
  • Treviso returns under Venetian dominion
  • Wrongs of Alfonso d’Este toward Venice
  • Exchange of Venetian and French prisoners
  • Antonio Grimani is recalled from exile
  • The fortress of Cremona is seized by the French
  • Pope Julius oVers to negotiate with Venice
  • Maximilian invades Venetian territory
  • How the Venetian ambassadors are received by Julius
  • After a debate, Padua is retaken by Venice

  • Note on the Text and Translation
  • Notes to the Text
  • Notes to the Translation
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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