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2 Sarpi’s Venice

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Early-modern Venetians identified themselves as citizens of a free, tolerant and peaceful republic. A key element of this myth was the argument that Venice's republican form of government was ideal and conducive to long-lasting peace and harmony. Sarpi, while insisting on Venice's absolute independence from any external authority, showed no interest in the republican aspect of the myth of Venice. Venice was amongst the first Italian states to be influenced by the German Reformation. This does not mean, however, that Venetians would have embraced Lutheranism, but, rather, that they were open-minded towards other confessions. Early-modern Venice has often been referred to as a centre of information. This interpretation of Venice is further supported by the fact that Sarpi was exceptionally well informed about international politics. He enjoyed a wide correspondence with European erudites and became acquainted with numerous foreigners who visited or lived in Venice.

Keywords: Early-modern Venetians; Early-modern Venice; European erudites; German Reformation; Lutheranism; Sarpi



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