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Set Text and Preparatory Reading

Each student should buy a copy of the following book:

  • Chambers, David, and Brian Pullan (eds), Venice: A Documentary History 1450-1630 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001) You can find buying options here.

In order to get the most out of the module, students are urged to read a selection of the following books before they arrive in Venice:

  • Ferraro, Joanne M., Venice: History of the Floating City (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) [Available from the Library as an e-book]
  • Lane, F.C., Venice, a Maritime Republic (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973) [Available from the Library as an e-book]
  • Madden, Thomas F., Venice: A New History (Harmondsworth: Viking, 2012)
  • Nichols, Tom, Renaissance Art in Venice: From Tradition to Individualism (London: Laurence King, 2016)
  • Ruggiero, Guido, The Renaissance in Italy: A Social and Cultural History of the Rinascimento (Cambridge, 2014)
  • Sansovino, Francesco, Sansovino's Venice: a translation of Francesco Tatti da Sansovino's guidebook to Venice of 1561, ed. and trans. Vaughan Hart and Peter Hicks (London: Yale, 2017). [This is one of the most important sixteenth-century guides to the city and its history. It is now available cheaply in English translation].

The following guidebooks are not compulsory but they are recommended:

  • Buckley, Jonathan, The Rough Guide to Venice and the Veneto (London, 2016) [Available on Kindle]
  • Goy, Richard J., Venice: An Architectural Guide (London, 2010). [This book contains a lot of useful historical information].
  • Scibilia, Michela, Venezia (e laguna) low cost: Guida anticrisi alla città più bella del mondo (Milan: BUR, 2013) [Available on Kindle. Written by a Venetian, this is a guide to cheap living in Venice and includes entertainment and shopping].