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Contarini, Ambrogio
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1429-99. Italy and Persia. Venetian merchant, government official and diplomat. Author of a detailed account of his embassy to the king of Persia in 1474-77. Born into a distinguished noble family in Venice, Contarini was admitted to the city's Great Council in 1447, and took up residence as a merchant in Constantinople soon after its fall to the Turks. He returned to Venice at the outbreak of the Veneto-Turkish War in 1463, conducting trade in the western Mediterranean before assuming command of a war galley against the Turks in the Aegean in 1470.

In December 1473 Contarini was appoin…

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Kohl, Benjamin G., “Contarini, Ambrogio”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 27 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_00761>
First published online: 2016

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