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Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon

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From the acclaimed author of A Venetian Affair comes the vivid and dramatic story of the fall of Venice and the rise of a new age during the tumultuous Napoleonic period, as seen through the eyes of his great-great-great-great-grandmother.

In 1787, Lucia, the beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter of a prominent Venetian statesman, is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the most powerful Venetian families. But their life as a golden couple will be suddenly transformed when Venice falls to Bonaparte. As the larger events unfolding around Lucia mingle with her most personal concerns, we witness—through her letters to her sister and other primary sources—her painful series of miscarriages and the pressure on her to produce an heir; her impassioned affair with an Austrian officer and its stunning results; the glamour and strain of her career as a hostess in Hapsburg Vienna and lady-in-waiting at the court of Napoleon’s stepson, Prince Eugne de Beauharnais, as well as her intimate relationship with the Empress Joséphine; and her amazing firsthand account of the defeat of Napoleon in Paris in 1814. In her later years, Lucia, regal and still beautiful and a bit battle-hardened herself, was Byron’s landlord during the poet’s stay in Venice. In a fitting finale to this sweeping drama, Lucia stands as a relic of a lost golden age: she created, in part, the aura that gave rise to the Romantic view of Italy and its culture that we still nourish today.

With the brave and articulate Lucia at the center of his re-creation of this remarkable historical period, Andrea di Robilant has once again reached across the centuries, and deep into his own past, to bring history to rich and vivid life on the page.

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In 1787, the beautiful Lucia is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the most powerful Venetian families. But their life as a golden couple will be suddenly transformed when Venice falls to Bonaparte.We witness Lucia's painful series of miscarriages and the pressure on her to produce an heir; her impassioned affair with an Austrian officer; the glamour and strain of her career as a hostess in Vienna; and her amazingfirsthand account of the defeat of Napoleon in 1814. With his brave and articulate heroine, Andrea di Robilant has once again reached across the centuries, and deep into his own past, to bring history to rich and vividlife on the page.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

The world of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Venice is revealed through the letters of Lucia Mocenigo to her sister as she details the milieu of the Venetian aristocracy, the fall of Venice to Napoleon, and her relationship with the EmpressJosephine.

About the Author

Andrea di Robilant was born in Italy and educated at Le Rosey and Columbia University, where he specialized in international relations. He lives in Rome with his wife and two children and works for the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

Table of Contents

Rome — Palazzo Mocenigo — Vienna — The fall of Venice — Colonel Plunkett — Viennese carousel — The education of Alvisetto — Lady-in-waiting — A year in Paris — Byron's landlady.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307268570
Subtitle:
A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Andrea di Robilant
Author:
Di Robilant, Andrea
Author:
Andrea Di Robilant
Subject:
History : Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
History : Europe - Italy
Subject:
History : Europe - France
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Europe History 1789-1815.
Subject:
Venice (Italy) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Italy-Medieval and Renaissance
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
World History-Italy
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080122
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
350

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History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » France » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Italy

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Product details 350 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307268570 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In 1787, the beautiful Lucia is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the most powerful Venetian families. But their life as a golden couple will be suddenly transformed when Venice falls to Bonaparte.We witness Lucia's painful series of miscarriages and the pressure on her to produce an heir; her impassioned affair with an Austrian officer; the glamour and strain of her career as a hostess in Vienna; and her amazingfirsthand account of the defeat of Napoleon in 1814. With his brave and articulate heroine, Andrea di Robilant has once again reached across the centuries, and deep into his own past, to bring history to rich and vividlife on the page.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , The world of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Venice is revealed through the letters of Lucia Mocenigo to her sister as she details the milieu of the Venetian aristocracy, the fall of Venice to Napoleon, and her relationship with the EmpressJosephine.
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