(p. 106). A concise discussion of the `blue' and `green' circus factions in the age of Justinian (pp. 121-3) shows how historians have offered a wide variety of interpretations of the phenomenon, but also how difficult it still is to arrive at a meaningful conclusion on the issue. A final section on Byzantine culture after the fall of Constantinople in 1453 contains a plea for the relevance of Byzantine studies as a `valuable mirror for the West' (p. 356). At the very least this volume will advance its author's cause by providing an eminently readable survey of a broad, complex and often under-appreciated topic. Lindsay Diggelmann Department of History University of Auckland Hacke, Daniela, Women, Sex and Marriage in Early Modern Venice (St Andrews Studies in Reformation History), Aldershot, Ashgate, 2004; hardback; pp. 282; RRP £55.00; ISBN 0754607631. Venice was one of the great marvels of Europe, a cosmopolitan city, a hub in the trade that went from Scandinavia to the Near East, a centre for technological advance and printing, renowned for its prosperity but even more for the stability of its government and its civic harmony and tranquillity. Daniela Hacke, in this work, seeks to probe beneath
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