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Andrea Gritti

(1455—1538)


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(1455–1538), Doge of Venice, the last military figure to be elected as doge. As a young man he travelled overseas as a merchant, and on returning to Venice was appointed as a military provveditore. He fought in the campaign against the League of Cambrai and in 1512 he was captured and taken as a prisoner to France. He returned to Venice the following year and was again employed as provveditore. He prepared a report on the defence of Venetian possessions on the terraferma; the report formed the basis of the programme to enhance fortifications for the rest of the century. Gritti was elected doge in 1523 after a career that had culminated in a series of army and naval commands. His tenure of office was marked by the relentless approach of the Ottomans. He died during the first Turkish War (1537–40).

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).


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