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Recommended Further Reading
  • Chambers, David, and Brian Pullan (eds), Venice: A Documentary History 1450-1630 (Oxford, 1992; rept. Toronto, 2001), pp. 85-129, 242-352.
  • Sanudo, Marin, Venice, cità excelentissima: selections from the Renaissance diaries of Marin Sanudo, ed. and trans. Patricia H. Labalme and Laura Sanguineti White (Baltimore, 2008), pp. 113-58, 285-358.
Seminar Questions
  • ‘In fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Venice social rank was more important than gender’. Discuss.
  • How serene was the society of the 'Serenissima' between c. 1350 and c. 1650?

  • Why did government policies towards foreign communities in Venice change between c. 1350 and c. 1650?
  • How successful were Venetian charitable institutions in addressing the social and religious problems of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries?
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