(A Venetian Affair A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century) [E–book] Á Andrea di Robilant

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  • A Venetian Affair A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century
  • Andrea di Robilant
  • English
  • 09 June 2020
  • 9780375726170

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CHARACTERS Ä A Venetian Affair A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century In the waning days of Venice’s glory in the mid 1700s Andrea Memmo was scion to one the city’s oldest patrician families At the age of twenty four he fell passionately in love with sixteen year old Giustiniana Wynne the beautiful illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mother and British father Because of their dramatically different positions in society they could not marr Palazzo Mocenigo was Byron s home when he lived in Venice It was also the home of this author s father who one day found a cache of frayed compacted letters in the attic They were love letters from an English woman with dubious lineage called Giustiniana Wynne and addressed to a Venetian nobleman called Andrea Memmo Both were already known to history through their relationship with Casanova The letters were written in cypher and the author s father set about decoding them Then one day he was mysteriously murdered in his home and his project of publishing the letters was ended Until his son took up the challengeIn the best romantic tradition the affair of Andrea and Giustiniana was forbidden by both families and the ruling establishment They had to meet on the sly This was made easier in the Venice of the middle 18th century by the fact that people were allowed to wear masks for a good period of the year I greatly enjoyed the evocation of 18th century Venice Details such as women having three options for painted beauty spots the appassionata worn at the corner of the eye the couette above the top lip the assassina at the corner of the mouth I would have opted for the assassina The author manages to get hold of some of Andrea s letters and does a fine job of organising his material into a narrative of Andrea and Giustiniana s affair Essentially though this is Giustiniana s story and it s a captivating story Andrea is shadowy and at times comes across as a cad The first plan they devise is for her to marry the eighty year old British counsel in Venice Morality in Venice is bonkers It s fine for her to have an affair with Andrea as the wife of someone else but not as a single woman This plan fails and we afterwards follow Giustiniana to Paris and London from where she never stops writing to Andrea

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CHARACTERS Ä A Venetian Affair A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century Litate their clandestine meetings Eventually Giustiniana found herself pregnant and she turned for help to the infamous Casanova–himself infatuated with her Two and half centuries later the unbelievable story of this star crossed couple is told in a breathtaking narrative re created in part from the passionate clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to each other The description on the back of the cover makes this book seem like it is written in novel form but it is most definitely not It reads like someone is telling you a story and they forgot to leave out all of the minute unimportant details I only read about 50 pages but the information in those pages could have been reduced to about three Unless you have times to waste don t read this book

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CHARACTERS Ä A Venetian Affair A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century Y And Giustiniana’s mother afraid that an affair would ruin her daughter’s chances to form a suitable union forbade them to see each other Her prohibition only fueled their desire and so began their torrid secret seven year affair enlisting the aid of a few intimates and servants willing to risk their own positions to shuttle love letters back and forth and to help faci How disappointing was this book Dull very slow boring and it kept repeating itself