The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni


The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni ISBN: 9780140442748. Renzo and Lucia fly from the villainous Don Rodrigo and are separated. Their flight takes them out of their peaceful village life into turbulent history; violent bread riots in Milan, the ravages of the 30 years war, famine, and finally the plague, with all its attendant horrors.

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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. 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.

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Weight 442 g
Dimensions 196 × 132 × 32 mm
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Paperback / softback