Venice, Vol. 1: Its Individual Growth From the Earliest Beginnings to the Fall of the Republic: Part III, the Decadence (Classic Reprint)
Italy. Some of her States were ruled by feeble princes or tottering Republics: others were com pletely under the domination of Spain, France, or Austria. Rome was a prey to bandits, and governed by Popes who subordinated every action to the ag grandisement of their nephews: the sole defenders of Italy were Piedmont, which guarded the Alps men aced by the French, and Venice, which held the sea against the Turks. Everywhere the nobles were over bearing, the people ground down by taxation, com merce hampered by mono olios, agriculture languishing under mortmain and feudjal tenure, property insecure, liberty crushed. Even Venice herself, harassed by quarrels with Rome, menaced by Spain, worn out by wars with the Uskoks, threatened by the Turks, de spoiled of a large part of her dominions, was drawing to her close. The last ray of Splendour shone forth at Lepanto but never was a victory at once so glorious and so fruitless. And yet, just as the sun at his setting incarnadines the clouds upon the horizon.
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