By Andrea Di Robilant
Within the waning days of Venice's glory within the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was once scion to at least one 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. due to their dramatically varied positions in society, they can no longer marry. And Giustiniana's mom, afraid that an affair could smash her daughter's percentages to shape a superior union, forbade them to determine one another. Her prohibition in simple terms fueled their wish and so all started their torrid, mystery seven-year-affair, enlisting the help of a couple of intimates and servants (willing to chance their very own positions) to trip love letters backward and forward and to aid facilitate their clandestine conferences. finally, Giustiniana discovered herself pregnant and he or she grew to become for aid to the notorious Casanova--himself infatuated with her.
Two and part centuries later, the incredible tale of this star-crossed couple is informed in a wide ranging narrative, re-created partially from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to one another.
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