Valperga: The Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca
Valperga (1823) by Mary Shelley is a historic novel about the adventures of Castruccio Castracani, a 14th-century Italian prince, captain, and tyrant. He attacks the Valpegra fortress, which is ruled by the Countess Euthanasia, whom he loves. Compelled to choose from amongst her love for him and her freedom, she makes a choice that results in her murder.
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