Salve Venetia: Gleanings from Venetian History - Vol. 2

Salve Venetia: Gleanings from Venetian History - Vol. 2

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Salve Venetia: Gleanings from Venetian History - Vol. 2

Salve Venetia: Gleanings from Venetian History - Vol. 2

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Before quitting the subject of Venetian official life, I must devote a few pages to the diplomacy of the Republic, which has remained famous in history.

The kings of France often confided diplomatic missions to the clergy, but the Venetian diplomatists were always laymen, without a single exception. The Signory constantly professed the most devout faith in Catholic dogma, and as constantly exhibited the most profound distrust of the popes. The Vatican was, indeed, the chief object of the government's suspicion. From the fifteenth century onward, any noble who . . .

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