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Encyclopedia > Marino Faliero

Marino Faliero was the fifty-fifth Doge of Venice, appointed on 11 September 1354. He was sometimes referred to simply as Marin Falier.

He attempted a coup d'etat in 1355, at the time being Doge himself, but with the intention of declaring himself Prince. This failed action is mostly attributed to a combination of a strong hatred for nobility and his senility (he was in his seventies at the time). He pleaded guilty to all charges and was executed and his body mutilated. Ten additional ringleaders were hung on display from the Palazzo Ducale.

He was condemned to Damnatio Memoriae, and as such was the only Doge of the first seventy-six not to have his portrait displayed in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio (Hall of the Major Council) in Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) on St Mark's Square.

Preceded by:
Andrea Dandolo
Doge of Venice Succeeded by:
Giovanni Gradenigo

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Marino Faliero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (205 words)
The Execution of Marino Faliero, Eugène Delacroix, 1827.
Marino Faliero was the fifty-fifth Doge of Venice, appointed on 11 September 1354.
The story of Marino Faliero's uprising was made into a drama by Lord Byron in 1820 and an opera by Gaetano Donizetti in 1835.
Faliero - LoveToKnow 1911 (531 words)
FALIERO (or [[Falter), Marino]] (1279-1355), doge of Venice, belonged to one of the oldest and most illustrious Venetian families and had served the republic with distinction in various capacities.
The constitutional restrictions of the ducal power, which had been further curtailed just before his election, and the insolence of the nobility aroused in him a desire to free himself from all control, and the discontent of the arsenal hands at their treatment by the nobles offered him his opportunity.
The motives of Faliero are not altogether clear, as his past record, even in the judgment of the poet Petrarch, showed him as a wise, clear-headed man of no unusual ambition.
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