In 1797, Lucia, the beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter of a Venetian statesman, was married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the wealthiest and most powerful families of the once glorious maritime Republic.
They were a golden couple in Venice's twilight years.
But Lucia's life was suddenly transformed when the thousand-year-old Serenissima collapsed under the blows of young Bonaparte in 1797.
This is Lucia's story, from dazzling young hostess in Habsburg Vienna, lady-in-waiting at the court of Prince Eugene de Beauharnais in Milan, single mother in Paris during the fall of Napoleon's Empire or as Byron's hard-fisted landlady during the poet's stay in Venice.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 368 pages, col. ill
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 04/10/2007
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780571233175