Benátky a jejich impérium ve Středomoří, 9.–15. století
[Venice and its empire in the Mediterranean, 9th–15th centuries]
paperback, 218 pp., 1. edition
translation: Krejča, Otomar L.
published: february 2017
recommended price: 260 czk
From the time when the population of the Veneto region sought refuge from the barbarian invasion on islands in the lagoon through the downfall of the Republic of Venice in the late 18th century, this city, boasting St. Mark’s Basilica, has left a permanent trace in the history of the Mediterranean region. Its unique fate is quite paradoxical in many respects. Its extraordinary nature is due to the interplay of seemingly contradictory influences: this city built on the borderline between the land and the sea, on the borderline between the Western and Byzantine worlds, developed simultaneously into both maritime and inland powers.
This monograph, painting a vivid picture of medieval trade in the Mediterranean, is the result of extensive research into an enormous number of archived documents, thorough textual analysis and an extraordinary sense of detail. The book includes maps demonstrating the development of the situation in the Mediterranean and a timeline.