Pietro Loredan (doge)
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- For the 15th-century Venetian admiral, see Pietro Loredan.
Pietro Loredan came from an important family of Venice, the House of Loredan, from a branch with Leonardo Loredan, the 75th Doge. His mother, Isabella Barozzi came from one of the oldest Venetian families.
He was married to Maria Pasqualigo and then to Maria Lucrezia Cappello, with whom he had a son, Alvise Loredan.
He dealt in particular with its trading activities. Although he was Podestà by Verona, but otherwise hardly acted in important offices of the Republic. His election as Doge was a surprise for him.
Career as Doge
Loredan was at the age of 85 years when elected to the office after having been in a long conclave of two weeks and 76 ballots. His choice was obvious in this bind a stopgap solution, since Loredan had a strong following in the Senate nor had he brought special qualities for the office.
In 1569, a fire broke out in the Arsenal. The fire encroached on the adjacent buildings and cost the lives of 2000 people. In the same year five private banks bankrupted. Because of the shortage cereals and bread had to be rationed
The Republic came under massive pressure from the Ottoman Sultans, who demanded the release of Cyprus. By frantic diplomatic activity Venice was able to bring together a coalition against the Turks. Finally, it was through the alliance of the Holy League and their victory over the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto that the loss of Cyprus again was averted.
- Staley, Edgcumbe: The dogaressas of Venice : The wives of the doges. London : T. W. Laurie
- Dizionario Biografico / Pietro Loredan
- Andrea da Mosto.I Dogi di Venezia, Florence 1983
- Helmut Dumler:Venedig und die Dogen Düsseldorf 2001
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