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La Serenissima


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An illustrated history of Venice, from its beginnings as 'La Serenissima' - 'the Most Serene Republic' - to the Italian city that continues to enchant visitors today.

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Jonathan Keates is a historian and writer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Trustee of the London Library, and Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund. He is the author of a number of acclaimed biographies, including works on Handel, Purcell and Stendhal, as well as several travel books about Italy. For his services to promoting Italian culture in the UK he was recently honoured with the prestigious Ordine della Stella d'Italia.


PRAISE FOR JONATHAN KEATES: 'Keates is an enthusiastic, serious and careful writer, and this delightful book, though designed up to the hilt, contains a lot to muse over' Guardian. 'As well as having magisterial critical judgements, this is a book rich in dry humour and telling anecdote' Spectator. 'Keates appraises his works with passionate scrutiny' Sunday Times. 'A beautifully paced and meticulously detailed narrative' Literary Review. 'Admirably concise and evocative' * The Times *

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