Saturday, April 13, 2019

Makes me lick my lips in anticipation -- medieval Genoa

A recent book comes to us from the Medieval Review:

Benes, Carrie E., ed. A Companion to Medieval Genoa. Brill's Companions to European History, 15. Leiden: Brill, 2018. Pp. xxvii, 560. $229.00. ISBN: 978-90-04-36061-7.

   Reviewed by Laura K. Morreale
        Independent Scholar
And the first paragraph makes it sound so, so attractive:
On page one of chapter seventeen, entitled "Genoa and the Crusade," author Merav Mack argues that "Genoese history is a narrative not of one city but of distant but closely-linked parts of the Mediterranean" (471). Although this statement appears near the collection's end, it neatly encapsulates editor Carrie Benes's vision throughout A Companion to Medieval Genoa, a work that emphasizes connections between the Genoese local and remote, comprehensively fleshed out in the book's maps, figures, glossary, and eighteen essay-length chapters.  
Now in real life, I could never afford this -- well, maybe if I studied Italy-- but I admire the editor and the article authors  for the ambition of their enterprise.  In a different lifetime I might have written works that emphasized connections  "of distant but closely-linked parts" of the Mediterranean and other regions.

Image:  Genoa as a top Mediterranean port today.

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