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Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi

Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi

by Alessandro Manzoni
Publisher: Penguin Classics
REPRINT Edition, ©1984, ISBN: 9780140442748
Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Current Retail Price: $18.00

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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