For more than two hundred years, Giacomo Casanova has been infamous as the archetypal elegant libertine. He gained considerable fortune by living on just his wits, luck and charm, but this same decadent lifestyle almost left him destitute. Uncontrollably ruled by an insatiable desire for sex, he attracted women with his seductive charm and endless generosity, and was irresistible as a lover. He believed himself to be in love with many of the beautiful women he pursued, and unusually for his time, he often treated them as equals and remained dear friends with them long after the affairs ended. For this compelling account of Casanova's life, Derek Parker has studied Casanova's memoirs along with other sources on his life and eighteenth-century European society. He reveals the true motivations and complex nature of an extraordinarily adventurous man, a legend in both his own time and ours.
|Publisher:||The History Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Derek Parker has been a freelance writer and journalist since the 1960's. He is the author of more than forty books, including Nell Gwyn, and Roman Murder Mystery: The True Story of Pompilia. With his wife, Julia, he has written books on astrology, dream interpretation and popular psychology, including the bestselling The Complete Astrologer.