By Andrea Di Robilant
From the acclaimed writer of A Venetian Affair comes the vibrant and dramatic tale of the autumn of Venice and the increase of a brand new age throughout the tumultuous Napoleonic interval, as noticeable throughout the eyes of his great-great-great-great-grandmother.
In 1787, Lucia, the attractive sixteen-year-old daughter of a well-liked Venetian statesman, is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of 1 of the main strong Venetian households. yet their lifestyles as a golden couple can be unexpectedly remodeled whilst Venice falls to Bonaparte. because the greater occasions unfolding round Lucia mingle together with her such a lot own issues, we witness—through her letters to her sister and different basic sources—her painful sequence of miscarriages and the strain on her to provide an inheritor; her impassioned affair with an Austrian officer and its attractive effects; the glamour and pressure of her occupation as a hostess in Hapsburg Vienna and lady-in-waiting on the courtroom of Napoleon’s stepson, Prince Eugène de Beauharnais, in addition to her intimate courting with the Empress Joséphine; and her remarkable firsthand account of the defeat of Napoleon in Paris in 1814. In her later years, Lucia, regal and nonetheless attractive and a piece battle-hardened herself, was once Byron’s landlord in the course of the poet’s remain in Venice. In a becoming finale to this sweeping drama, Lucia stands as a relic of a misplaced golden age: she created, partly, the charisma that gave upward push to the Romantic view of Italy and its tradition that we nonetheless nourish this day.
With the courageous and articulate Lucia on the middle of his new edition of this striking old interval, Andrea di Robilant has once more reached around the centuries, and deep into his personal earlier, to carry historical past to wealthy and vibrant existence at the web page.
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