Incisione raffigurante il doge Michele Steno

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He was 69 years old, having been born in Venice around 1331, and boasted a turbulent youth: a stunt at the time of Doge Falier (1354-1355) had triggered the doge's reaction, offended by some inscriptions addressed to him and the dogaressa; he used to slip into the bed of some girl, preferably a nun, and abuse her, but then he put his head on straight and built up a cursus honorum of quality.

He took office on 19 December and received great festivities: on that occasion the Compagnie della calza were born, i.e. associations of young patricians who organised parties whenever there w

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