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  • The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice: Queen of the Seas

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
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    Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden focuses his expertise on what has been called the most beautiful city in the world: Venice. In these lectures, Professor Madden explains how the city on the lagoon was established by refugees escaping the onslaught of northern “barbarians” invading the crumbling Roman Empire. Through its history, Venice housed the world’s leading merchants, thrived as a maritime powerhouse, and developed into an independent republic not unlike the present United States.

    Bookworm says: "Absolutely fascinating"
    "Learnt so much"
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    Would you listen to The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice again? Why?

    Selected chapters would be worth a review. The story of Venice as told in this audiobook has connected the dots of my understanding of European history, the Byzantine Empire, Napoleon, the Ottoman Empire and much much more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice?

    The moment when, faced by the firepower of 18th century naval ships, Venice realised that the lagoon no longer offered the protection that drew the first Venetians so many centuries earlier.


    What three words best describe the narrator’s voice?

    Earnest, engaging, correct.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


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