Pure CityBook - 2009
In this sumptuous vision of Venice, Peter Ackroyd turns his unparalleled skill at evoking place from London and the River Thames, to Italy and the city of myth, mystery and beauty. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arriving in the mists of the lagoon in the fourth century to the rise of a great mercantile state and a trading empire, the wars against Napoleon and the tourist invasions of today. Everything is here: the merchants on the Rialto and the Jews in the ghetto; the mosaics of St Mark's and the glass blowers of Murano; the carnival masks and the sad colonies of lepers; the doges and the destitute and the artists with their passion for colour and form; wars and sieges, scandals and seductions and the dark undertones of prison and punishment.
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2009
Branch Call Number: 945.31 ACK NVD
Characteristics: 403 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm