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 in the course of the tumultuous Napoleonic interval, as noticeable throughout the eyes of his great-great-great-great-grandmother.
In 1787, Lucia, the gorgeous sixteen-year-old daughter of a famous Venetian statesman, is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of 1 of the main robust Venetian households. yet their existence as a golden couple might be abruptly remodeled while Venice falls to Bonaparte. because the higher occasions unfolding round Lucia mingle along with her such a lot own issues, 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 attractive effects; the glamour and pressure of her profession as a hostess in Hapsburg Vienna and lady-in-waiting on the court docket of Napoleon’s stepson, Prince Eugène de Beauharnais, in addition to her intimate courting with the Empress Joséphine; and her striking 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, partially, the charisma 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 heart of his new edition of this extraordinary old interval, Andrea di Robilant has once more reached around the centuries, and deep into his personal previous, to carry heritage to wealthy and vibrant lifestyles at the web page.