Venice, Citą Excelentissima: Venice, Cita Excelentissima: Selections from the Renaissance Diaries of Marin Sanudo

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9780801887659: Venice, Citą Excelentissima: Venice, Cita Excelentissima: Selections from the Renaissance Diaries of Marin Sanudo

When Venice was both a center of Renaissance culture and a gathering place for news from around the world, Marin Sanudo tried to write everything down. He was the finest diarist of his time, with a keen eye for the everyday and the monumental alike. Venice, Cita Excelentissima offers a broad and engaging introduction to Sanudo's detailed observations of life in his beloved city and the world it knew. This expertly translated volume glimpses into Renaissance life at a spectacular time when Venice was at the top of its game. Organized thematically, the selections offer a Venetian's viewpoint of the glories of high culture, the gritty reality and sparkling drama of daily life, the perils of diplomacy and war, and the high-risk ventures of voyages and commerce. Here, the work of the Renaissance's most assiduous historian is finally given the accessibility it warrants and the merit it is due.

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This collection makes clear not only the vast range of Sanudo's interests but also brings to light, in its compelling selections, the rich texture of Venetian politics, society, and culture in the Renaissance. Professors and students alike will welcome this work in the classroom. Indeed, I have found more new perspectives on Venetian history in this one volume than in any other single work on the city.

(John Jeffries Martin, author of Myths of Renaissance Individualism )

This edition of Sanudo's diaries in English, made with great care and scholarly knowledge, will link forever the names of Patricia H. Labalme, Marin Sanudo, and the Marciana Library. Between Patricia H. Labalme and the Marciana Library in Venice there was a relationship of deep affection. There she could find the works of her favorite authors, in particular the notes of Marin Sanudo. There she felt at home, surrounded by the spirit of the scholars of the past; and there she decided to help the scholars of today, founding the 'Friends of the Marciana.' We shall always think of her with love and gratitude.

(Dott. Marino Zorzi, Director Emeritus, Marciana Library, Venice)

The fifty-eight volumes of Sanudo's diaries have long been regarded by specialists as a treasure trove of information about Renaissance Venice, but they have been virtually inaccessible to a wider reading public. Patricia H. Labalme, a noted historian of Venetian society, has brilliantly interwoven a selection of key passages from the diaries with a lucid running commentary to produce a volume that not only will be of enormous service to scholars but is also superbly successful in bringing a glittering Renaissance city to life.

(Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Oxford)

Sanudo claimed that 'No writer will ever make much of modern history who has not seen my diaries.' No one will now readily make overall sense of Sanudo's vast and prolix account without this learnedly researched and beautifully organized digest and the pertinent commentaries linking its translated excerpts. Patricia H. Labalme has richly delivered on Sanudo's own unfulfilled promise of a 'more condensed and elegant history.'

(Margaret Bent, All Souls College, University of Oxford)

Marin Sanudo’s diaries are like having a New York Times for thirty years of the Venetian Renaissance. Pulsing with life, his fifty-six close-packed volumes illuminate government, crime, justice, intrigue, the economy, the arts, architecture, war on land and sea, and the fascinating personality of Sanudo himself. A book as scintillating and colorful as the jewel of cities that it chronicles, this crystalline translation and fascinating commentary make the most important source for Venetian history available in English for the first time.

(Joseph Connors, Director, Villa I Tatti, Florence)

This fine book illuminates the history of Renaissance Venice with carefully chosen and meticulously edited selections from the diaries of Marin Sanudo. The extracts chosen, translated and annoted by Patricia H. Labalme, Laura Sanguineti White and Linda Carroll have made the real color and drama of Venetian life accessible, for the first time, to the English-speaking world. A work of deep scholarship, the book is also a tremendous service to students and general readers.

(Anthony T. Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor, Princeton University)

This volume is indispensable not only as an eyewitness view on events... but also as a primer on the political, social, and cultural workings of a city that today continues to amaze. The editors and translator are all lifelong scholars of Venice and bring tremendous knowledge to their commentary.

(Linda L. Carroll History: Reviews of New Books)

A monument to Venice.

(Margaret L. King Renaissance Quarterly)

The diaries were written in the author's native tongue—Venetian dialect—which remains impenetrable to most Italians... Translating the journal is therefore an unenviable task, and Linda Carroll, who prepared the majority of the passages in this book, has done well to lick Sanudo's syntax into readable shape... Its principal beneficiaries will be students and the general reader, to whom Sanudo need no longer be inaccessible, but aficionados will also be rewarded with plenty of new material.

(Simon P. Oakes Apollo)

This book provides a tremendous resource for researchers, teachers, and the general public... The quality of the passage selection and the lively translation of Venice, Cità Excelentissima provides a living and breathing early modern Venice for all readers to enjoy.

(Brian Maxson Sixteenth Century Journal)

Will certainly be an excellent tool for the teaching of Italian and Venetian sixteenth-century history.

(Maria Fusaro International Journal of Maritime History)

Certainly every student of the Venetian repubilc and its contemporary world will have their knowledge and insight greatly expanded by this volume of Diary selections. We are indebted to the editors, the translator, and all named in the Preface who had a hand in its preparation .

(Benjamin Ravid European History Quarterly)

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Patricia H. Labalme (1927–2002) was a highly regarded scholar of Renaissance history and a tireless supporter of the humanities. Laura Sanguineti White is a professor of Italian at Rutgers University. Linda L. Carroll is a professor of Italian at Tulane University.

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