Once did she hold the gorgeous East in fee, And was the safeguard of the West… William Wordsworth


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The horses of St Mark’s: a story of triumph in Byzantium, Paris and Venice New York, Overlook Press, 2010 Charles Freeman Bronze sculpture, Classical  Italy  Venice; Europe  History; Horses of San Marco  History Hardcover. 1st. American ed. and printing.  xiv, 298 p.: ill., ports.; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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The Horses of St. Mark’s in Venice are among art’s finest creations — and certainly one with a story like no other. Charles Freeman explores the mysterious origin of the statues and their turbulent movements through Europe over the centuries: in Constantinople, at both its founding and sacking in the Fourth Crusade; in Venice, at both the height of its greatness and fall in 1797; in the Paris of Napoleon, and the revolutions of 1848; and back in Venice. In this book, Freeman shows how the horses came to stand at the heart of European history time and time again.

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