The Betrothed
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The Betrothed

By (author) Alessandro Manzoni

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Set in Lombardy during the Spanish occupation of the late 1620s, The Betrothed tells the story of two young lovers, Renzo and Lucia, prevented from marrying by the petty tyrant Don Rodrigo, who desires Lucia for himself. Forced to flee, they are then cruelly separated, and must face many dangers including plague, famine and imprisonment, and confront a variety of strange characters - the mysterious Nun of Monza, the fiery Father Cristoforo and the sinister 'Unnamed' - in their struggle to be reunited.

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  • Hardback | 680 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 33mm | 675g
  • 25 Oct 2013
  • Everyman
  • EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY
  • London
  • English
  • None
  • 1841593575
  • 9781841593579
  • 271,835

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Alessandro Manzoni was born in 1785 near Lake Como, Italy. Sent to boarding school at the age of five, he felt estranged from his family, particularly when his mother left his father. As a young man Manzoni subscribed to the ideas of the French Revolution, joining his mother in Paris, where he married Henriette Blondel in 1808. He wrote throughout his life, but suffered from a nervous disorder which grew progressively worse through his lifetime. He died in 1873.

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"The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi), Italy's national literary classic, is many fine things. But above all it is a love story" Wall Street Journal

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The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi), Italy's national literary classic, is many fine things. But above all it is a love story

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