Paradise of Cities: Venice in the Nineteenth Century

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John Julius Norwich’s A History of Venice has been dubbed “indispensable” by none other than Jan Morris. Now, in his second book on the city once known as La Serenissima, Norwich advances the story in this elegant chronicle of a hundred years of Venice’s highs and lows, from its ignominious capture by Napoleon in 1797 to the dawn of the 20th century.

An obligatory stop on the Grand Tour for any cultured Englishman (and, later, Americans), Venice limped into the 19th century–first under the yoke of France, then as an outpost of the Austrian Hapsburgs, stripped of riches yet indelibly the most ravishing city in Italy. Even when subsumed into a unified Italy in 1866, it remained a magnet for aesthetes of all stripes–subject or setting of books by Ruskin and James, a muse to poets and musicians, in its way the most gracious courtesan of all European cities. By refracting images of Venice through the visits of such extravagant (and sometimes debauched) artists as Lord Byron, Richard Wagner, and the inimitable Baron Corvo, Norwich conjures visions of paradise on a lagoon, as enduring as brick and as elusive as the tides.

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Praise for A History of Venice

“The standard Venetian history in English, indispensable.”
—Jan Morris The Times (London)

“As a historian Lord Norwich knows what matters. As a writer he has a taste for beauty, a love of language and an enlivening wit . . . He contrives, as no English writer has done before, to sustain a continuous interest in that crowded history.”
—Hugh Trevor-Roper

“Will become the standard English work of Venetian history.”
—C.P. Snow Financial Times

“Lord Norwich has loved and understood Venice as well as any other Englishman has ever done. He has put readers of this generation more in his debt than any other English writer.”
—Peter Levi, Sunday Times (London)

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“A grand and exciting story.”
Wall Street Journal

“Vivid and entertaining. . . This. . . is history expounded like the first-class conversation of a sprightly raconteur who responds to his enthusiasms as they seize him with each fresh turn of the story.”
Sunday Times (London)

“The best narrative history available today of an empire as fascinating as it was important.”
The Spectator

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“Lord Norwich takes to his task with characteristic panache.”
New York Times Book Review

“Th[is] book is one that should be read in its entirety and then placed on the bookshelf for future readings.”
Tampa Tribune-Times

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The greatest living chronicler of Venetian history brings to life the city’s magical charm in a beautifully illustrated and captivating book.

John Julius Norwich, the author of the acclaimed A History of Venice, traces the
transformation of Venice from a proud independent state into a dazzling dreamscape that attracted artists, writers, and composers from around the world. In a strikingly effective departure from straight narrative history, he tells the story of Venice through the experiences and reactions of such famous nineteenth-century visitors as Napoleon Bonaparte, Lord Byron, John Ruskin, Henry James, Richard Wagner, James Whistler, and Robert Browning.

Written with brio and humor, the profiles capture the incomparable charms of Venice—and the quirks of these historic figures as they discover (or fail to discover) them. Napoleon, having achieved the conquest that had thwarted other forces for a thousand years, was totally indif

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