As the following story details, Venice was at the center of the efforts
to destroy the advanced European civilization of the eleventh and twelfth
centuries, and bears a crushing burden of guilt for the ascendancy of the
Black Guelphs and the coming of the black plague. The Venetians were the
intelligencers for the Mongol army of Ghengis Khan and his heirs, and had
a hand in guiding them to the sack of Baghdad and the obliteration of its
renaissance in the thirteenth century.
Venice’s War Against
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