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By Andrea Di Robilant

From the acclaimed writer of A Venetian Affair comes the bright and dramatic tale of the autumn of Venice and the increase of a brand new age through the tumultuous Napoleonic interval, as noticeable during the eyes of his great-great-great-great-grandmother.

In 1787, Lucia, the gorgeous sixteen-year-old daughter of a favourite Venetian statesman, is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of 1 of the main strong Venetian households. yet their existence as a golden couple might be without warning reworked whilst Venice falls to Bonaparte. because the better occasions unfolding round Lucia mingle together with her such a lot own matters, we witness—through her letters to her sister and different fundamental sources—her painful sequence of miscarriages and the strain on her to provide an inheritor; her impassioned affair with an Austrian officer and its gorgeous effects; the glamour and pressure of her profession 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 extraordinary firsthand account of the defeat of Napoleon in Paris in 1814. In her later years, Lucia, regal and nonetheless attractive and a section 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, partially, the air of mystery that gave upward thrust to the Romantic view of Italy and its tradition that we nonetheless nourish at the present time.

With the courageous and articulate Lucia on the middle of his new edition of this awesome old interval, Andrea di Robilant has once more reached around the centuries, and deep into his personal earlier, to convey background to wealthy and bright existence at the web page.

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