In 1797, Lucia, the beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter of a Venetian statesman, was married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the wealthiest and most powerful families of the once glorious maritime Republic.
They were a golden couple in Venice's twilight years.
But Lucia's life was suddenly transformed when the thousand-year-old Serenissima collapsed under the blows of young Bonaparte in 1797.
This is Lucia's story, from dazzling young hostess in Habsburg Vienna, lady-in-waiting at the court of Prince Eugene de Beauharnais in Milan, single mother in Paris during the fall of Napoleon's Empire or as Byron's hard-fisted landlady during the poet's stay in Venice.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 368 pages, col. ill
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 04/10/2007
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780571233175
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Review by ros.peters
I loved this history book. It told the story of the incredible life of Lucia, an ancestor of the author, and her life in and around Venice at the fall of the Venetian empire. It read like a novel and was full of amazing detail and a credit to the author's meticulous research. I would love to read the author's other history books. Well done.