He intrigued me. . .
Did you know Casanova was a minor celebrity in the eighteenth century? And probably not for the reason you think!
His notoriety was built on a unique accomplishment. (More on that later).
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.
He was a mathematician, a musician, a gambler, an author, a duelist, a spy, a charlatan, 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?
colorful time period—the Enlightenment— attracted me. A time when budding Science was asking extraordinary questions. A time when Excess, Reason and. . .well, you get the picture.
Finally, Casanova's character—or lack of it, on occasion - excited me, and then compelled me to write: The Secrets of Casanova.
With my pen I've sent this
adventurer on an epic journey, hoping to bottle a bit of his contradictions and spirit.
Oh, I almost forgot. What unique accomplishment made Casanova a celebrity throughout the courts of Europe?
It was his fascinating escape from an inescapable prison.
Quite a guy, this Casanova!