Casanova's Women

Casanova's Women : The Great Seducer and the Women He Loved

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Eighteenth-century Venetian adventurer Giacomo Casanova, history's most famous seducer, talked his way into the beds of more than 200 women. Charming, brilliant and devastatingly attractive, the compulsive womaniser claimed to like and understand his conquests. But he could also be ruthless, cruel, selfish and dishonest. Who were these women who established Casanova's extraordinary reputation? From the two sisters with whom he had his first sexual experience to the libidinous Venetian nun who defied God in order to sleep with him, from the wealthy widow he tricked out of a fortune to the love of his life, the glamorous and daring Henriette, they all have their story to tell.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747585415
  • 9780747585411
  • 1,148,664

About Judith Summers

Judith Summers is the author of four novels and two non-fiction books, The Empress of Pleasure and the prize-winning Soho, A History of London's Most Colourful Neighbourhood. Born and brought up in London, she studied Fine Art in Bristol and Manchester, and trained as a film editor with the BBC. After becoming a tourist guide, she discovered a passion for historical research. She has written widely on London, and lives in north London.show more

Review quote

'Summers relays all the most succulent scandals from the life of the famous womaniser ... Cataloguing his liaisons with a succession of nuns, slaves, aristocrats, prostitutes, wives, virgins, cross-dressers and performers, Summers reveals a contradictory character who relished every challenge and tilted at taboos ... The cases of fraud are fun to read. They sit alongside his daring prison breaks as the actions of an adventurer and we snicker at the gullibility of his dupes' Daily Telegraph 'Judith Summers's engrossing new book explores the life of the renowned seducer Giacomo Casanova by shedding light on some of his conquests and looking at the female influences in his life' New Statesman 'His final scenes make an arresting image ... entertaining ... Judith Summers has worked hard to explore who these women really were' Frances Wilson, TLS 'No juicy details omitted ... His gallery of conquests is astounding' New York Timesshow more

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