The Venetian Empire: 1200-1670/David Nicolle, Christopher Rothero. Osprey Men at Arms Series 210. Softcover. First edition 1989. Out of print. Condition: Very good. ISBN 0850458994
The story of Venice, particularly its military history and organisation, is, to some extent, separate from that of the rest of Europe. Early in the 9th century the Venetians defeated Pepin the Frank’s attempts to overawe them, remaining, at least in theory, subject to Byzantium. Gradually, however, Venice drifted into independence and subsequently carved out its own empire, with its citizens becoming famous for their roving and warlike spirit, keen business acumen and pride. This book explores the remarkable history of the city and its army from 1200 up until 1670.