A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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 marry. And Giustiniana’s mother, afraid that an affair would ruin her daughter’s chances to form a more 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 facilitate 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.


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Review: A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century

User Review  - Nikki - Goodreads

I loved that this book was the retelling of an Italian love story (circa 1750's) told from love letters recovered from the attic of a Venetian palazzo. Read full review

Review: A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century

User Review  - Alina Trigger - Goodreads

A noin-fiction that reads like a 'bodice-ripper romance. An interesting comment on the lives of Venetians in the late 18th century. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
13
Section 3
37
Section 4
56
Section 5
88
Section 6
118
Section 7
149
Section 8
181
Section 9
210
Section 10
239
Section 11
264
Section 12
288
Section 13
292
Section 14
301
Section 15
305
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Andrea di Robilant was born in Italy and educated at Le Rosey and Columbia University, where he specialized in international affairs. He currently lives in Rome with his wife and two children and works as a correspondent for the Italian newspaper La Stampa. This is his first book.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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