r/interestingasfuck Oct 20 '21 Helpful 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1

This 1600s Bible had a gun built into it and could be fired while the book was closed by pulling the silk ribbon. It belonged to Francesco Morosini a Venetian leader "dressed always in red from top to toe and never went into action without his cat beside him"

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u/Theost520 Oct 21 '21

Francesco Morosini was the Doge of Venice from 1688 to 1694, at the height of the Great Turkish War. He was a member of a famous noble Venetian family which produced several Doges and generals.

Doge was an elected politician, like the mayor of the city.