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The I Tatti Renaissance Library 28

History of Venice, Volume 1

Books I-IV

Pietro Bembo

Edited and translated by Robert W. Ulery, Jr.

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$29.95 • £19.95 • €21.00

ISBN 9780674022836

Publication Date: 11/30/2007


384 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

1 map

The I Tatti Renaissance Library > History of Venice


  • Introduction
  • Map: The Republic of Venice, ca. 1500
  • History of Venice
    • Book I (1487–1493)
      • Preface
      • War in the Tyrol: cause and onset
      • The attack on Rovereto
      • Single combat between Georg Sonnemberg and Antonio Maria da Sanseverino
      • The Germans leave Rovereto
      • Luca Pisano and Girolamo Marcello debate the siege of Trento
      • The death of Roberto da Sanseverino; Venetian defeat at the fortress of Petra
      • The end of the war and the terms of peace
      • Sumptuary and other laws passed; the arrivals at Venice of Giovanni Bentivoglio and of the Queen of Denmark
      • Girolamo Riario and Galeotto Manfredi assassinated
      • Francesco Priuli sent to counter the Turks
      • Caterina Cornaro is convinced by her brother Giorgio to turn Cyprus over to Venice
      • Laws passed and Senate decrees
      • Truce negotiated by the Senate between the Emperor Frederick and King Matthias of Hungary; the emperor visits Italy
      • Various legislation and deliberations
      • Description of the gun, and the Senate’s introduction of its use
      • Ermolao Barbaro is made Patriarch of Aquileia; subsequent events, and his death
      • Girolamo Marcello is expelled from Constantinople
      • Addition of a third Criminal Court of the Forty; the system for casting votes
      • The corruption of certain citizens is repressed
      • Deaths of Lorenzo de’ Medici and Pope Innocent VIII, and the election of Alessandro Borgia; alliance of the pope, the duke of Milan, and Venice
      • Arrival at Venice of Eleanora, wife of Ercole d’Este, and her children
    • Book II (1493–95)
      • Onset and causes of the war of Naples waged by Charles VIII of France
      • Great floods in Lombardy; certain trials held in Venice
      • Charles decides to invade; death of Ferrante, king of Naples
      • Embassy of Charles to the Venetians
      • Naxos taken under the protection of the Venetian Republic
      • Colloquy and treaty between King Alfonso II of Naples and Pope Alexander VI; preparation of a fleet against the Turkish sultan
      • Embassy of Florence to the Senate to seek advice
      • Scardona and Clissa voluntarily subject themselves to Venice
      • Arrival of King Charles in Italy; death of Giangaleazzo, duke of Milan
      • Piero de’ Medici is ousted from Florence
      • Achievements of King Charles in Italy
      • Bayazid’s ambassador violated by the prince of Senigallia
      • Charles enters Rome; Venetian galleys sent to Flanders are sunk at sea
      • Departure of King Alfonso from Naples and his death; his son Ferrandino succeeds to the kingship
      • Death of Sultan Djem
      • Flight of King Ferrandino of Naples, and entry of Charles
      • Fear of the Turks due to victory of the French king
      • Embassy of the Spanish sovereigns to Venice and the fleet sent to Sicily
      • Death of Emperor Frederick; embassy of King Maximilian to the Senate
      • Treaty entered into between Venice, the pope, the sovereigns of Spain, Ludovico Sforza, and Maximilian, against King Charles
      • Departure of King Charles from Naples
      • Novara is taken by Louis, Duke of Orleans
      • Preparations of Venice and her allies against Charles
      • The battle at the Taro river
      • Actions with the French in Liguria
      • The Senate takes account of those who had fought bravely
      • Venetians, Milanese, and Ligurians become exiles from the domain of Charles
      • Siege of Novara by the allies
      • Peace made between Ludovico Sforza and King Charles, and its terms
      • Contarini’s plot to assassinate Ludovico Sforza
      • Charles’ return to France
    • Book III (1495–1497)
      • Arrival of King Ferrandino in Calabria and adverse battle with the French
      • Causes of the Neapolitans’ hatred for the French
      • Return of the same Ferrandino to Naples
      • Actions of the Venetians in the Kingdom of Naples on Ferrandino’s behalf; Venice sends a fleet to Naples
      • Grain storerooms built at Venice near St. Mark’s Square
      • Pisa surrenders to Venice but is rejected by the Senate
      • Embassy and gifts to the Senate from the Turkish sultan
      • Faenza and her prince taken under the protection of the Senate; Clock tower built at Venice in the Piazza
      • Treaty of Venice with Ferrandino
      • Varying fortunes of the French and Ferrandino in the Kingdom of Naples
      • Pisa taken under the protection of Venice, the pope and Ludovico Sforza, and the beginning and progress of the war for Pisa
      • Board of Three for maritime affairs instituted; law passed concerning possessors of property
      • Ludovico Sforza named duke by Maximilian; Battle of the cavalry of Nauplia with the Turks
      • Achievements of Bernardo Contarini in the kingdom of Naples, and his death
      • Death of Ferrandino, King of Naples, and succession of Federigo to the kingship; Prince of Bisignano wounded by a servant
      • Departure of the French from Gaeta, and their shipwreck
      • Varied counsels of the Tarantines concerning surrender, and of the Venetian Senate concerning accepting them or not
      • Origin of syphilis
      • The Emperor Maximilian, summoned by Ludovico Sforza, Venice, and the other allies, comes into Italy against the French
      • The emperor’s actions in Tuscany, and his return to Germany
      • The Ten look out for those who suffered fire or shipwreck
      • Attempts of the French upon Piedmont
      • Naval battle between Florence and Venice
      • An opportunity to assassinate King Charles is rejected by the Senate
    • Book IV (1497–1499)
      • A truce is established between Charles and the Spanish sovereigns; ambassadors are sent by the Senate to procure peace between the kings of Spain and France
      • The Spanish sovereigns send to the Senate the king of one of the Canary Islands
      • The captain-general Francesco is accused before the Senate
      • Progress of the war for Pisa
      • Battle of a galley of the Republic with the Turkish fleet
      • Naval battle of Bernardo Cicogna with the pirate Peruca
      • The fleet of Pedro Navarro is burned by Andrea Loredan
      • Citizenship and noble status is given to Joannes Corvinus
      • Armenians are granted a home in Venice
      • Ludovico Sforza’s treachery toward Lucca
      • Death of King Charles of France
      • Defeat of the Florentines near a Tuscan fortress
      • Plans and stratagems of Ludovico Sforza
      • Arrogance of some in magistracies is punished
      • Defeat of the Venetians at Luna and Cascina
      • Attempts of the Venetians in the Casentino
      • Pisa is attacked by Paolo Vitelli
      • Preparations and plans of the Turkish sultan against the Venetians, and the causes of this
      • Louis hailed as king of France, and the Venetians’ embassy and gifts to him
      • Treaty between the Venetians and King Louis
      • Settlement between the Venetians and the Florentines in Pisan affairs
      • The French invasion of Piedmont
      • Milan is taken by the French, and Cremona by the Venetians; Ludovico Sforza leaves Piedmont; arrival of the king of France in Milan
      • Louis of Luxembourg and many others are granted citizenship and noble status
      • The French king returns to France
  • Note on the Text and Translation
  • Notes to the Text
  • Notes to the Translation
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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