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The Venetian Bride: Bloodlines and Blood Feuds in Venice and its Empire

Patricia Fortini Brown


A true story of vendetta and intrigue, triumph and tragedy, exile and repatriation in early modern Venice, this book focuses on the marriage between the feudal lord Count Girolamo Della Torre and Giulia Bembo, daughter of a powerful Venetian senator and grand-niece of Cardinal Pietro Bembo. Exiled to Crete for pursuing vendetta to avenge the murder of his father, Girolamo marries Giulia with the aim of enlisting her father as a powerful ally. Thus begins a challenging itinerary that leads from the Mediterranean back to Venice and its mainland territories in the Veneto and the Patria del Friuli ... More

Keywords: family, women, gender, vendetta, Crete, Venice, Friuli, feudalism, Counter-Reformation, exile

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192894571
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192894571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Fortini Brown, author
Professor Emerita of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University