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Lucia A Venetian Life in the Age of NapoleonThe tumultuous events of early 19th #CENTURY CONTINENTAL EUROPE AS SEEN THROUGH #continental Europe as seen through eyes of a Venetian noblewoman Fascinating I have really enjoyed both of di Robilant S BOOKS ABOUT HIS ANCESTORS IN books about his ancestors in Both Lucia and The Venetian Affair are based on ackets of letters he found Di Robilant brilliantly brings 17th and 18th century Venice to life a uniue 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 eople from Lord Byron to the Empress Josephine Thoroughly enjoyable and educational After becoming reacuainted with an almost complete statue of Napoleon in what used to be his families house in Venice and coming across Lucia while researching the life of her father Andrea see A Venetian Affair Di Robilant was intrigued enough to delve further into his great great great great grandmother s life and by doing so uncovered an indomitable spirit who lived a long and fascinating lifeEngaged to Alvise Mocegino when she was just fifteen even in her first letter to her future husband Lucia showed oise was just fifteen even in her first letter to her future husband Lucia showed oise thoughtfulness that she would have throughout the rest of her life Di Robilant s functional text embellishes little referring instead to let Lucia tell much of it using the mine of letters and diaries at his disposal including near daily letters to her beloved sister Paolina with whom she nurtured a life long affection and intimacy A New Philosophy of History particularly as her ceaseless striving for her husbands love often fell shortLucia and Alvise hopped from one side to the other as Napoleon rose and fell firstutting herself forward in Vienna working ceaselessly to integrate herself into the upper echelons of society and then later finding some freedom and indepence. From the acclaimed author of A Venetian Affair comes the vivid and dramatic story of the fall of Venice and the rise of a new age during the tumultuous Napoleonic Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction period as seen through the eyes of his great great great great grandmotherIn 1787 Lucia the beautiful sixteen year old daughter of arominent Venetian statesman is married off to Alvise Mocenigo scion of one of the most owerful 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 ersonal In Paris where she stayed while accompanying her illegitimate son in his studies and spending time with the empress Josephine Despite a highly cosmopolitan life Lucia was first and foremost a Venetian and despite witnessing the end of the stagnating republic always harboured dreams of it being re established returning to it in her old ageHer spirit was tempered by three Early Miscarriages When Under miscarriages when under to rovide a heir to the Mocegino family and by her husbands almost constant absence Yet Lucia did not sit and The Man from Beijing pine for Alvise instead managing his estates trying various agricultural based business ideas and educating herself in Paris still never giving up that she could still have theerfect family life Alvise constantly sought to be on the right side during a tumultous Creating Lasting Value period for Europe and was often ostracised for his allegiance at one time or another He regularly saw other women and late on Lucia discovers an illegitimate child of his own but she outlived her husband and during her later years rented outart of her home to Byron an arrangement that did not end amicably for either of themLucia died just before her ninety fourth birthday an incredible age at the time Di Robilant s diligent research is Understanding Markets and Strategy plainly rendered butrovides an insight into Europe at the time through the eyes of one of #Venice s last grand damesblog review here A beautiful depiction of the author s ancestor surprisingly intimate narrative through the fall #s last grand damesblog review here A beautiful depiction of the author s ancestor surprisingly intimate narrative through the fall the Republic the turmoil of Napoleonic Italy the courts of both the Habsburgs and the Bonapartes ending with her elderly role as Lord Byron s exasperated landlord Oh my gosh how I enjoyed this book This is definitely a 45 rating for me so I might change the rating between 4 or 5 stars I had never heard of Lucia and her family before this book In truth what really interested me to Montana Dreams pick this book up was wanting to learn about what it was like in Italy when the French Revolution then Napoleon rose toower Never really gave much thought to how this Immerwelt - Der Pakt period of time. Oncerns we witness—through her letters to her sister and otherrimary sources—her Modern South Asia painful series of miscarriages and theressure on her to roduce 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

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Affected non French citizens Not only did I get a glimpse into what I wanted to know but I learned about an admirable erson So very glad I chose to Really 35 stars not uite a 4What a sweet fresh faced ingenue of the napoleonic era Always Ancestral Voices positive always loving Lucia fails to be aroduct of war or what really sounds like an unsatisfying marriage Seeking joy in society she makes friends easily which is good because her husband can t seem to settleLucia seems what s best for her son til her death Also the daily corresponded she keeps up with her younger sister bolsters her outlook She fails to ever lay the victim to the end For research thanks Dini Lucia was the DAUGHTER OF A PROMINENT VENETIAN STATESMAN of a rominent Venetian statesman lived through the glory and decline of Venice she became the bosomfriend of Empress Josephine the landlady of Byron in Venice AND STANDS AS A RELIC OF THE LOST GOLDEN stands as a relic of the lost golden Robilant is the author of A VENETIAN AFFAIR I read this book because I absolutely loved Andrea di Robilant s first book A Venetian Affair which like Lucia was also a non fiction book based on the letters left behind by one of his ancestors I agree with some other reviewers who said that the life of Lucia was not as compelling as the torrid secret forbidden love affair depicted in the first book That said di Robilant is a top notch writer and I thought this was an excellent book Di Robilant combines ersonal #and global history effortlessly and I came away from the book with insights into how world events can change #global history effortlessly and I came away from the book with insights into how world events can change trajectories Di Robilant also deftly brought out the complexities of human relationships he takes contradictory situations eople are awful to each other and yet love each other deeply and helps us understand how that can be so I think I also loved the book because I was recently in Vienna and so I learned about many of the emperors and empresses that are mentioned in this book In general any European history buff should love to see what life was like during the age of Napoleon I highly recommend this boo. Egal and still beautiful and a bit battle hardened herself was Byron’s landlord during the Bones, Clones, and Biomes 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 inart 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 Bringing the Empire Home period Andrea di Robilant has once again reached across the centuries and deep into his ownast to bring history to rich and vivid life on the age. ,