In the long millennium of the Middle Ages, the sea was the first, essential source of attraction for the people of Genoa, who prospered thanks to commerce and finance, travelled throughout the known world, settled abroad, established “other Genoas”, and continued to long for their homeland, firmly acknowledged as a bridge to Europe and the Mediterranean. This book provides an overview of the fundamental stages of medieval history in Genoa, from its slow rise before the year 1000 to its expansion across the Mediterranean, from its participation in the Crusades to its wars with Pisa, Venice and Aragon. Special attention is devoted to Genoa’s domestic politics and the international context in which it played a role. The people of Genoa – warriors and merchants – are the main characters of this history; the sea is its magnifying lens.
Antonio Musarra holds a research doctorate degree in Medieval History.