Tyburn was an infamous execution spot west of London, used since medieval times. The Tyburn "tree" - a unique, multi-person gallows - erected in 1571 became a popular public spectacle, drawing crowds of thousands.Tyburn Tree blog is less blood-thirsty but hopefully topical, interesting and informative, if slightly bent to my personal topics of interest - books, writing, history, technology, with a smattering of politics and dash of pop culture, science and the downright strange. So "take a ride to Tyburn" and see what happens...
Monday, November 5, 2012
City of Fortune
"The sea was at once their protection, their opportunity, and their fate; secure in their shallow lagoon with its deceptive channels and treacherous mudflats that no invader could penetrate, shielded if not insulated from the surge of the Adriatic, they wrapped the sea around them like a cloak."
At the height of its power, the Venetians sat at the epicentre, controlling the crossroads of the spice trade between the Christian west, and the markets of Islam, the Mongol, China and India. From Asia and the Middle East, to the European markets of France, Italy and Germany - Venice was the linchpin. This then was Venice's famous "stato da mar", the dominion of the sea, an empire born of trade, inculcated on profit and ruled by commerce over all.
City of Fortune is a brisk, epic and superlative account and well worth a look.