A Venetian Affair: A True Story of Impossible Love in the Eighteenth Century by Andrea di Robilant - review by Andrew Lycett

Andrew Lycett

Love Behind A Mask

A Venetian Affair: A True Story of Impossible Love in the Eighteenth Century

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LA SERENISSIMA WILL be a more human place for anyone who has read this well-paced account of a passionate but ultimately doomed eighteenth-century romance between a young girl of uncertain rank and a Venetian nobleman of impeccable birth.

Giustiniana Wynne was the attractive, intelligent daughter of a wealthy English gentleman who came to Venice after the death of his first wife. The Republic was enjoying its dissolute, socially ossified swan song. After a period, 'to dissipate his affliction for the loss of his lady' (as Lady Mary Wortley

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