By Andrea Di Robilant
Within the waning days of Venice's glory within the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo used to be scion to 1 the city's oldest patrician households. on the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the gorgeous, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mom and British father. as a result of their dramatically diverse positions in society, they can now not marry. And Giustiniana's mom, afraid that an affair may destroy her daughter's probabilities to shape a stronger union, forbade them to determine one another. Her prohibition basically fueled their hope and so all started their torrid, mystery seven-year-affair, enlisting the help of a couple of intimates and servants (willing to threat their very own positions) to travel love letters backward and forward and to aid facilitate their clandestine conferences. ultimately, Giustiniana discovered herself pregnant and he or she grew to become for support to the notorious Casanova--himself infatuated with her.
Two and part centuries later, the unimaginable tale of this star-crossed couple is advised in a wide ranging narrative, re-created partly from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to one another.
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