Note 055
From Chapter 66 of the Decline & Fall

The astonishment of a Greek prince and a French ambassador (Memoires de Philippe de Comines, l. vii. c. 18), at the sight of Venice, abundantly proves that in the xvth century it was the first and most splendid of the Christian cities. For the spoils of Constantinople at Venice, see Syropulus (p. 87).

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