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fal allies. The sea was their patrimony :88 the western parts CHAP. of the Mediterranean, from Tuscany to Gibraltar, were indeed abandoned to their rivals of Pisa and Genoa; but the Venetians acquired an early and lucrative share of the commerce of Greece and Egypt. Their riches increased with the increasing demand of Europe : their manufactures of silk and glass, perbaps the institution of their bank, are of high antiquity; and they enjoyed the fruits of their industry in the magnificence of public and private life. To assert her flag, to avenge her injuries, to protect the freedom of navigation, the republic could launch and man a fleet of a hundred galleys; and the Greeks, the Saracens, and the Normans, were encountered by her naval arms. The Franks of Syria were assisted by the Venetians in the reduction of the seacoast; but their zeal was neither blind nor disinterested ; and in the conquest of Tyre, they shared the sovereignty of a city, the first seat of the commerce of the world. The policy of Venice was marked by the avarice of a trading, and the insolence of a maritime, power; yet her ambition was prudent; nor did she often forget that if armed galleys were the effect and safeguard, mercbant vessels were the cause and supply, of her greatness. lo her religion sbe avoided the schism of the Greeks, without yielding a servile obedience to the Roman pontiff; and a free intercourse with the infidels of every clime appears to have allayed betimes the fever of superstition. Iler primitive go. rerument was a loose mixture of democracy and monarchy: the doge was elected by the votes of the general assembly; as long as he was popular and successful, be reigned with the pomp and authority of a prince; but in the frequent revolutions of the state, he was deposed, or banished, or slain, by the justice or injustice of the multitude. The twelfth century produced the first rudiments of the wise and jealous aristocracy, wbich bas reduced the doge to a pageant and the people to a cipher. 39
When the six ambassadors of the French pilgrims arrived at Alliance of Venice, they were hospitably entertained in the palace of St. and VeneMark, by the reigning duke: his name was Henry Dandolo; 40 %. D: 1201.
38 See the xxvth and xxxth dissertations of the Antiquitates medii Ævi of Muratori. From Anderson's History of Commerce, I understand that the le, netians did not trade to England before the year 1323. The most flourishing state of their wealth and commerce in the beginning of the xyth century, is agreeably described by the Abbé Dubos (Hist. de la Ligue de Cambray, toin. ii. p. 443_480.)
39 The Venetians have been slow in writing and publishing their history. Their most ancient monuments are, 1. The rude Chronicle (perhaps) of John Sagordinus (Venezia 1765, in octavo,) which represents the state and manners of Venice in the year 1008. 2. The larger history of the doge (1342—1354) Andrew Dandolo, published for the first time in the xiith tom. of Muratori, A. D. 1728. The History of Venice by the Abhé Laugier (Paris, 1729,) is a work of some merit, which I have chiefly used for the constitutional part.
40 Henry Dandolo was eighty-four at bis election (A. D. 1192,) and ninetyseren at his death (A. D. 1205.) See the Observations of Ducange sur Ville
CHAP. and he shone in the last period of human life as one of the
most illustrious characters of the times. Under the weight of years, and after the loss of his eyes, 4 Dandolo retained a sound understanding and manly courage; the spirit of a hero ambitious to signalize his reign by some memorable exploits, and the wisdom of a patriot, anxious to build his fame on the glory and advantage of his country. He praised the bold enthusiasın and liberal confidence of the barons and their deputies; in such a cause, and with such associates, he should aspire, were he a private man, to terminate his life; but he was the servant of the republic, and some delay was requisite to consult, on this arduous business, the judgment of his colteagues. The proposal of the French was first debated by the six sages who bad been recently appointed to control the administration of the doge: it was next disclosed to the forty members of the council of state; and finally communicated to the legislative assembly of four hundred and fifty representatives, who were annually chosen in the six quarters of the city. In peace and war, the doge was still the chief of the republic; his legal authority was supported by the personal reputation of Dandolo : his arguments of public interest were balanced and approved; and he was authorized to inform the ambassadors of the following conditions of the treaty.42 It was proposed that the crusaders should assemble at Venice, on the feast of St. John of the ensuing year; that flat-bottoined ves. sels should be prepared for four thousand five hundred horses and nine thousand squires, with a number of ships sufficient for the embarkation of four thousand five hundred knights, and twenty thousand foot; that during a term of nine months they should be supplied with provisions, and transported to whatsoever coast the service of God and Christendom should require; and that the republic should join the armament with a squadron of fitty galleys. It was required that the pilgrims should pay before their departure, a suin of eighty-five thousand marks of silver; and that all conquests, by sea and land, should be equally divided between the confederates. The terms were hard ; but the emergency was pressing, and the French barons were not less profuse of money than of blood. A general assembly was convened to ratify the treaty; the stately chapel and palace of St. Mark were filled with ten thousand citizens; and the
hardouin, No. 204. But this extraordinary longevity is not observed by the original writers, nor does there exist another example of a hero near a hundred years of age. Theophrastus might afford an instance of a writer of ninety-nine; but instead of weynXOVT2 (Proæm. ad Character,) I am much inclined to read sédepenxoyT4, with his last editor Fischer, and the first thoughts of Casaubon. It is scarcely possible that the powers of the mind and body should support themselves till such a period of life.
41 The modern Venetians (Laugier, tom. ii. p. 119,) accuse the emperor Manuel: but the calumny is refuted by Villehardouin and the older writers, who suppose that Dandolo lost his eyes by a wound (No. 34, and Ducange.)
12 See the original treaty in the Chronicle of Andrew Dandolo, p. 323–326.
noble deputies were taught a new lesson of humbling them- CHAP. selves before the majesty of the people. “Illustrious Vene- LX. tians," said the marshal of Champagne, "we are sent by the greatest and most powerful barons of France, to implore the aid of the masters of the sea for the deliverance of Jerusalem. They have enjoined us to fall prostrate at your feet; nor will we rise from the ground, till you have promised to avenge with us the injuries of Christ.” 'The eloquence of their words and tears, 43 their martial aspect, and suppliant attitude, were applauded by a universal shout; as it were, says Jeffrey, by the sound of an earthquake. The venerable doge ascended the pulpit to urge their request by those motives of honour and virtue, which alone can be offered to a popular assembly; the treaty was transcribed on parchment; attested with oaths and seals, mutually accepted by the weeping and joyful representatives of France and Venice; and despatched to Rome for the approbation of Pope Innocent the Third. Two thousand marks were borrowed of the merchants for the first expenses of the armament. Of the six deputies, two repassed the Alps to announce their success, while their four companions made a fruitless trial of the zeal and emulation of the republics of Genoa and Pisa.
The execution of the treaty was still opposed by unforeseen Assembly difficulties and delays. The marshal, on his return to Troyes, ture of the was embraced and approved by Thibaut count of Champagne, from the who had been unanimously chosen general of the confederates. nice, But the health of that valiant youth already declined, and soon Oct. 8. became hopeless : and he deplored the untimely fate, which condemned him to expire, not in a field of battle, but on a bed of sickness. To his brave and numerous vassals, the dying prince distributed his treasures : they swore in his presence to accomplish bis vow and their own; but some there were, says the marshal, who accepted his gifts and forfeited their word. The more resolute champions of the cross held a parliament at Soissons for the election of a new general, but such was the incapacity, or jealousy, or reluctance of the princes of France, that none could be found both able and willing to assume the conduct of the enterprise. They acquiesced in the choice of a stranger, of Boniface Marquis of Montferrat, de. scended of a race of heroes, and himself of conspicuous fame in the wars and negotiations of the times ; 44 nor could the piety or ambition of the Italian chief decline this honourable invita
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43 A reader of Villehardouin must observe the frequent tears of the marshal and his brother knights. Sachiez que la ot mainte lerine plorte de pitié (No. 17;) mult plorant (ibid. ;) mainte lerme plorée (No. 34;) si orent mult pitié et plorerent mult durement (No. 60 ;) i ot maint lerme plorée de pitié (No. 202.) They weep on every occasion of grief, joy, or devotion.
14 By a victory (A. D. 1191,) over the citizens of Asti, by a crusade to Palestine, and by an embassy from the pope to the German princes (Muratori, Angali d'Italia, tom. X. p. 163. 202.) VOL. VI.
tion. After visiting the French court, where he was received as a friend and kinsman, the marquis, in the church of Soissons, was invested with the cross of a pilgrim and the staff of a general; and immediately repassed the Alps, to prepare for the distant expedition of the East. About the festival of the Pentecost, he displayed his banner, and marched toward Venice at the head of the Italians : he was preceded or followed by the counts of Flanders and Blois, and the most respectable barons of France; and their numbers were swelled by the pilgrims of Germany, 45 whose object and motives were similar to their own. The Venetians had fulfilled, and even surpassed, their engagements : stables were constructed for the horses, and barracks for the troops ; the magazines were abundantly replenished with forage and provisions ; and the fleet of transports, ships, and galleys, was ready to hoist sail as soon as the republic had received the price of the freight and armament. But that price far exceeded the wealth of the crusaders, who were assembled at Venice. The Flemings, whose obedience to their count was voluntary and precarious, had embarked in their vessels for the long navigation of the ocean and Mediterranean; and many of the French and Italians had preferred a cheaper and more convenient passage from Marseilles and Apulia to the Holy Land. Each pilgrim might complain, that, after he had furnished his own contribution, he was made responsible for the deficiency of his absent brethren ; the gold and silver plate of the chiefs, which they freely delivered to the treasury of St. Mark, was a generous but inadequate sacri. fice; and after all their efforts, thirty-four thousand marks were still wanting to complete the stipulated sum. The obstacle was removed by the policy and patriotism of the doge, whe proposed to the barons, that if they would join their arms in reducing some revolted cities of Dalmatia, he would expose his person in the holy war, and obtain from the republic a long indulgence, till some wealthy conquest should afford the means of satisfying the debt. After much scruple and hesitation they
chose rather to accept the offer than to relinquish the enterSiege of prise ; and the first hostilities of the fleet and army were directNOV. 10. ed against Zara, 46 a strong city of the Sclavonian coast, which
45 See the crusade of the Germans in the Historia C. P. of Gunther (Canisii Antiq. Lect. tom. iv. p. v.-viii.) who celebrates the pilgrimage of his abbot Martin, one of the preaching rivals of Fulk of Neuilly. His monastery, of the Cistertian order, was situate in the diocess of Basil.
46 Jadera, now Zara, was a Roman colony, wbich acknowledged Augustus for its parent. It is now only two miles round, and contains five or six thousand inhabitants ; but the fortifications are strong, and it is joined to the main land by a bridge. See the travels of the two companions, Spon and Wheeler (Voyage de Dalmatie, de Grece, &c. tom. i. p. 64–70. Journey into Greece, p. 8---14;) the last of whom, by mistaking Sestertia for Sesterlii, values an arch with statues and columns, at twelve pounds. If in his time, there were no trees near Zara, the cherry trees were not yet planted which produce our in. comparable marasquin.
had renounced its allegiance to Venice, and implored the CHAP. protection of the king of Hungary.47 The crusaders burst the LX. chain or boom of the harbour ; landed their horses, troops, and military engines ; and compelled the inhabitants after a defence of five days, to surrender at discretion ; their lives were spared, but the revolt was punished by the pillage of their houses and the demolition of their walls. The season was far advanced ; the French and Venetians resolved to pass the winter in a secure harbour and plentiful country; but their repose was disturbed by national and tumultuous quarrels of the soldiers and mariners. The conquest of Zara had scattered the seeds of discord and scandal : the arms of the allies had been stained in their outset with the blood, not of infidels, but of Christians ; the king of fungary and his new subjects were themselves enlisted under the banner of the cross, and the scruples of the devout, were magnified by the fear or lassitude of the reluctant pilgrims. The pope had excommunicated the false cru. saders who had pillaged and massacred their brethren,48 and only the marquis Boniface and Simon of Montfort escaped these spiritual thunders; the one by his absence from the siege, the other by his final departure from the camp. Innocent might absolve the simple and submissive penitents of France; but he was provoked by the stubborn reason of the Venetians, who refused to confess their guilt, to accept their pardon, or to allow, in their temporal concerns, the interposition of a priest.
The assembly of such formidable powers by sea and land, Alliance of had revived the hopes of young Alexius; and both at Venice diers with and Zara, he solicited the arms of the crusaders, for his own prince, the restoration and his father's deliverance. The royal youthers was recommended by Philip king of Germany; his prayers and presence excited the compassion of the camp; and his cause was embraced and pleaded by the marquis of Montferrat and the doge of Venice. A double alliance, and the dignity of Cesar, had connected with the imperial family the two elder brothers of Boniface ;51 he expected to derive a king
47 Katona (Hist. Critica Reg. Hungariæ, Stirpis Arpad. tom. ir. p. 536–558,) collects all the facts and testimonies most adverse to the conquerors of Zara.
48 See the whole transaction, and the sentiments of the pope, in the Epistles of Innocent III. Gesta, c. 86, 87, 88.
49 A modern reader is surprised to hear of the valet Constantinople, as applied to young Alexius, on account of his youth, like the infants of Spain, and the nobilissimus puer of the Romans. The pages and valets of the knights were as noble as themselves (Villehardouin and Ducange, No. 36.)
5* The emperor Isaac is styled by Villehardovin, Sursać (No. 35, &c.,) which may be derived from the French Sire, or the Greek Kup (xuplos) melted into its proper name; the farther corruptions of Tursac and Conserac will instruct us what license may have been used in the old dynasties of Assyria and Egypt.
51 Reinier and Conrad; the former married Maria, daughter of the emperor Manuel Comnenus; the latter was the husband of Theodora Angela, sister of the emperorIsaac and Alexius. Conrad abandoned the Greek court and princess for the glory of defending Tyre against Saladin (Ducange, Fam. Byzant. p. 187. 203.)