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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrea di Robilant, Stephen Hoye Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1787 Lucia, the beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter of a prominent Venetian statesman, is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the most powerful Venetian families. But their life as a golden couple will be suddenly transformed when Venice falls to Bonaparte. As the larger events unfolding around Lucia mingle with her most personal concerns, we witness—through her letters to her sister and other primary sources—her painful series of miscarriages and the pressure on her to produce an heir; her impassioned affair with an Austrian officer and its stunning results; the glamour and strain of her career as a hostess in Hapsburg Vienna and lady-in-waiting at the court of Napoleon’s stepson, Prince Eugène de Beauharnais, as well as her intimate relationship with the Empress Joséphine; and her amazing firsthand account of the defeat of Napoleon in Paris in 1814. In her later years, Lucia, regal and still beautiful and a bit battle-hardened herself, was Byron’s landlord during the poet’s stay in Venice. In a fitting finale to this sweeping drama, Lucia stands as a relic of a lost golden age: she created, in part, the aura that gave rise to the romantic view of Italy and its culture that we still nourish today.

With the brave and articulate Lucia at the center of his re-creation of this remarkable historical period, Andrea di Robilant has once again reached across the centuries, and deep into his own past, to bring history to rich and vivid life on the page.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dottie Hufft | 2/20/2014

    " Venice is one of my favorite cities to visit, so I found this story very interesting. It brings history to life as it is drawn from the letters of the author's gggg-grandmother. Now I'm eager to read A Venetian Affair, also by Di Robilant, about Lucia's father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lucia | 1/21/2014

    " a unique story about the life of an early 19th century woman, written by her great great great great grandson, who used hundreds of letters from her entire life as the basis for this non fiction work. Lucia's life takes her from Venice to Vienna to Paris and all over Italy in this turbulent historical time if Napoleon and the forming and re-forming of empires and nations. Lucia encounters and befriends many historical people from Lord Byron to the Empress Josephine. Thoroughly enjoyable and educational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer (jenndawnp) | 12/27/2013

    " This book was great! It was an easy read for a non-fiction, it was interesting to read about a non-famous person in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Delphine | 12/12/2013

    " This book is fabulous. It brought so much to life for me...Venice, Vienna, Paris in the 1800's...It was as if I lived through it all. I simply adored reading every word. The author must be a kind of wonderful genius. His great great great great grandmother Lucia was an inspiring woman and her letters and this book are nothing short of miraculous. Why aren't people saying this more??? What could you possibly be reading that is any better than this extraordinary book? "

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