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Lucia : a Venetian life in the age of Napoleon

Author: Andrea Di Robilant; Stephen Hoye
Publisher: Tantor Audio, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book
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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
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Lucia Memmo Mocenigo
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Di Robilant; Stephen Hoye
ISBN: 9781400107056 1400107059
OCLC Number: 742335688
Notes: Originally published in 2007.
Performer(s): Read by Stephen Hoye.
Description: 10 sound discs (CD) (720 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Titles: Lucia in the age of Napoleon
Responsibility: Andrea di Robilant.

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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 Eugene de Beauharnais, as well as her intimate relationship with the Empress Josephine; 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.

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