French Views of Venice from the Fourth Crusade through Napoleon
O'Malley, John W.
French views of Venice from the Fourth Crusade through Napoleon were largely negative. Greed was a perennial theme, but others waxed and waned. At the time of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the French found the Venetians unchivalrous, unchristian, and treacherous. At the time of the League of Cambrai in 1509, charges that the Venetians were proud, lowborn, and ungovernable were added to the earliers ones. In the seventeenth century, Venetians were no longer castigated by French writers for being unchivalrous or unchristian. However, to treacherous, proud, lowborn, and ungovernable were added new negatives: Venetians were seen as tyrannical, corrupt, decadent, and neglectful of duty. Finally, in the Napoleonic era, French writers typified Venetians as ungovernable, tyrannical, corrupt, decadent, neglectful of duty, and weak. Throughout these periods, French views of Venice reflected French preoccupations with their own national characteristics. Four forgeries, spanning these periods, played a part in the spread of these views.
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