Look Inside. Their region of northern Italy is under Spanish occupation, and when the vicious Spaniard Don Rodrigo blocks their union in an attempt to take Lucia for himself, the couple must struggle to persevere against his plots—which include false charges against Renzo and the kidnapping of Lucia by a robber baron called the Unnamed—while beset by the hazards of war, bread riots, and a terrifying outbreak of bubonic plague. Translated by Archibald Colquhoun. Alessandro Manzoni was born in 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.
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The Great Italian Novel, a Love Story
Set in Lombardy during the Spanish occupation of the late s, 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. A vigorous portrayal of enduring passion, The Betrothed's exploration of love, power and faith presents a whirling panorama of seventeenth-century Italian life and is one of the greatest European historical novels. Alessandro Manzoni. Alessandro Manzoni was born in 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
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It has been called the most famous and widely read novel in the Italian language. Set in northern Italy in , during the oppressive years of direct Spanish rule, it is seen as a veiled attack on the Austrian Empire , which controlled the region at the time the novel was written. It is also noted for the extraordinary description of the plague that struck Milan around The novel deals with a variety of themes, from the illusory nature of political power to the inherent injustice of any legal system; from the cowardly, hypocritical nature of one prelate the parish priest don Abbondio and the heroic sainthood of other priests the friar Padre Cristoforo, the cardinal Federico Borromeo , to the unwavering strength of love the relationship between Renzo and Lucia, and their struggle to finally meet again and be married.