|Venice - by Edward A. Goodall|
They were tough on their powerful families, tough on their Doges, tough on their citizens, and tough on their enemies. They elected Doges using white balls and black balls, as well as a child, and they used spies to keep their citizens – including their leaders - under tight control.
The Council of Ten
The Big Three spies from the Council of Ten had the power to try and convict Venetians for treason. They built a huge network of spies inside Venice and in other countries.
|Council of Ten Chamber in Doge's Palace in Venice|
They exiled the son, then allowed him back into Venice. Then they tortured him and exiled him again.
|Gondola in Venice|
|Venice Carnival - masked woman and gondolas|
|St. Mark's Square in Venice - two masked Carnival revellers|
|Venice at night|