He intrigued me. . .
Did you know Casanova was a minor celebrity in the 18th Century? However, not for the reason you probably think! He obtained notoriety for his unique accomplishment (more on that below).
For most of us, Casanova's name is synonymous with seduction. His legendary reputation gave my imagination a starting point; soon the man himself inspired me.
Casanova was a mathematician, a musician, a gambler, an author, a duelist, a spy, a charlatan, and an entrepreneur. He trained in the priesthood, had a degree in law, and managed to mix with the well bred, as well as the lowborn. The man was passionately inquisitive.
Casanova's dying words also intrigued me: "I have lived as a philosopher and die as a Christian." Did he mean what he said?
I was attracted by the time period—the Enlightenment. A time when budding science was asking extraordinary questions. A time of excess, reason, and when science challenged ideas set in tradition and faith. Finally, Casanova's character (or lack of it, on occasion) excited me and compelled me to write The Secrets of Casanova.
With my pen, I've sent this brilliant adventurer on an epic journey, hoping to bottle a bit of his contradictions and spirit.
Oh, I almost forgot. What unique accomplishment made Casanova an 18th Century celebrity throughout the courts of Europe? It was his fascinating escape from an inescapable prison.
Quite a guy, this Casanova!