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Casanova. Womanizer. Playboy. It has been more than 200 years, but Giacomo Casanova’s name is still a slang word. That name, emblazoned across Europe in the 1700s, is synonymous yet today with a player, someone who seduces a woman, makes a sexual conquest of her, and leaves her. It was once something more than that. Beyond the scams and the scandals, beyond the gambling de Casanova. Womanizer. Playboy. It has been more than 200 years, but Giacomo Casanova’s name is still a slang word. That name, emblazoned across Europe in the 1700s, is synonymous yet today with a player, someone who seduces a woman, makes a sexual conquest of her, and leaves her. It was once something more than that. Beyond the scams and the scandals, beyond the gambling debts, even beyond the lace ruffles and the powdered wigs, Giacomo Casanova was once something more, someone more. Someone formed by the social customs of the day; molded by the unique experiences of a little boy in Venice; sparked into life by the intelligence, philosophy, adventure, and passion that was Giacomo Casanova. Inside you will read about... ✓ Early Years of Abuse ✓ Casanova’s Career in the Church ✓ Broken Promises of Marriage ✓ Spying and Dueling, Incest and Imprisonment ✓ Later Life and Death And much more!


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Casanova. Womanizer. Playboy. It has been more than 200 years, but Giacomo Casanova’s name is still a slang word. That name, emblazoned across Europe in the 1700s, is synonymous yet today with a player, someone who seduces a woman, makes a sexual conquest of her, and leaves her. It was once something more than that. Beyond the scams and the scandals, beyond the gambling de Casanova. Womanizer. Playboy. It has been more than 200 years, but Giacomo Casanova’s name is still a slang word. That name, emblazoned across Europe in the 1700s, is synonymous yet today with a player, someone who seduces a woman, makes a sexual conquest of her, and leaves her. It was once something more than that. Beyond the scams and the scandals, beyond the gambling debts, even beyond the lace ruffles and the powdered wigs, Giacomo Casanova was once something more, someone more. Someone formed by the social customs of the day; molded by the unique experiences of a little boy in Venice; sparked into life by the intelligence, philosophy, adventure, and passion that was Giacomo Casanova. Inside you will read about... ✓ Early Years of Abuse ✓ Casanova’s Career in the Church ✓ Broken Promises of Marriage ✓ Spying and Dueling, Incest and Imprisonment ✓ Later Life and Death And much more!

30 review for Giacomo Casanova: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    There seems to be little of Casanova's life that is known outside of his autobiography, 'Story of My Life.' He freely admits that he lied often; this story is probably as iffy as the character writing it. Giacomo was born to an actor father and a shoemaker's daughter.  Within months of his birth, the parents left the child with his grandmother, while the two parents went back to work in the theatre. By the age of 16, Giacomo obtained a doctorate in civil law, though he wanted a degree in medicine There seems to be little of Casanova's life that is known outside of his autobiography, 'Story of My Life.' He freely admits that he lied often; this story is probably as iffy as the character writing it. Giacomo was born to an actor father and a shoemaker's daughter.  Within months of his birth, the parents left the child with his grandmother, while the two parents went back to work in the theatre. By the age of 16, Giacomo obtained a doctorate in civil law, though he wanted a degree in medicine.  His benefactors wanted Giacomo to be an ecclesiastical advocate. It seemed that when he found out how little they lived on, he abandoned the idea of being a bishop of the Catholic Church.  It was shocking to read just how rarely chastity was exercised by the prelates of the Church. It seems that Casanova separated his mind from any conscious guilt or shame over anything he did.  He must have been charming and nice-looking because he was able to coast through life with hardly a concern.  Incredibly, Casanova wrote a 12 volume, 3500+ page, story of his life.  By his own admission, he was a duelist, priest, soldier, spy, magician, author, musician, etc.  It didn't seem that anything was too base for him to do. According to other resources I referred to, Casanova's life story is used by scholars to learn about European life in the 1700s.  The scholars may dismiss much of Casanova's bragging, but he does seem to have captured the morally-loose behavior of the era.  I thought the author, in his conclusion, did a great job of synthesizing Casanova's thought patterns.  He couched every debauched encounter as true love.  He communicated his love to his conquests, making himself extremely attractive to females.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Tedious.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    This brief biography states that it is taken from Casanova's autobiography in which Casanova freely admitted that during his life that he was not hesitant to lie if it suited him, and so how much of his story is true is in question. Aside from that, what we have of his life in quite incredible, reading almost like a soap opera of a depraved and shameless sexual predator. He was neglected during his childhood and treated quite cruelly. As a teenager he began his sexual exploits and it didn't matt This brief biography states that it is taken from Casanova's autobiography in which Casanova freely admitted that during his life that he was not hesitant to lie if it suited him, and so how much of his story is true is in question. Aside from that, what we have of his life in quite incredible, reading almost like a soap opera of a depraved and shameless sexual predator. He was neglected during his childhood and treated quite cruelly. As a teenager he began his sexual exploits and it didn't matter to him if the women were older than him or very much younger adolescents. He traveled through his life by the seat of his pants, often poor and destitute, sometimes coming into wealth, fathering children everywhere he went. His times in prison were quite harrowing and it is amazing how he eventually did escape. I really did not know anything about Casanova before reading this. I associated "Casanova" as being synonymous with a lover or a playboy but that was about it. His life was startling, and one could even go so far as saying his life was shocking. Once again, how much of it was true is in question but even if a portion is true then I feel as though I learned a lot about the era.

  4. 4 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    We imagine Casanova as a charming rogue, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Most of this short 47-page book is based on his autobiography, which is questionable. Claiming abuse as a child, he freely admitted that he lived selfishly for his own pleasure, taking advantage of everyone, especially women, littering Europe with his progeny. He frequently had venereal diseases and was imprisoned several times for swindling people and practicing the occult, though he frequently considered a career in We imagine Casanova as a charming rogue, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Most of this short 47-page book is based on his autobiography, which is questionable. Claiming abuse as a child, he freely admitted that he lived selfishly for his own pleasure, taking advantage of everyone, especially women, littering Europe with his progeny. He frequently had venereal diseases and was imprisoned several times for swindling people and practicing the occult, though he frequently considered a career in the church. He moved around Europe after being expelled or fleeing from several countries. Quantity seemed to be his motto as far as women. He didn’t care if they were married, underage, or even his own daughter, whom he impregnated. If these things are true, he was a narcissistic sociopath not to be admired.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    I had only known of the name of Casanova and his reputation as a traveler and womanizer, so I thought that I'd find out more about the man and his life and what led to that reputation. The book issued a disclaimer at both the beginning and the end that the information obtained was from his own memoirs "The Story Of My Life" in which he admitted that the truth may have been stretched and most likely was in many cases. Although it was somewhat interesting to read of all his supposed exploits, I can I had only known of the name of Casanova and his reputation as a traveler and womanizer, so I thought that I'd find out more about the man and his life and what led to that reputation. The book issued a disclaimer at both the beginning and the end that the information obtained was from his own memoirs "The Story Of My Life" in which he admitted that the truth may have been stretched and most likely was in many cases. Although it was somewhat interesting to read of all his supposed exploits, I can't say that the subject matter overall was of great interest to me. However, that's not the books fault and I think that the story was well written enough for a short and concise read. It was okay to read about what gave Casanova his reputation, but I wouldn't have wanted to spend more than an hour on it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This may be my favorite in this series. I grew up familiar with the 'Casanova' reference but never knew any of the details of his fascinating life. You'd never suspect from the cover picture that this man would possibly be the 'scoundrel' that he was. Intriguing from beginning to end, I had trouble putting this down. An incredible story. This may be my favorite in this series. I grew up familiar with the 'Casanova' reference but never knew any of the details of his fascinating life. You'd never suspect from the cover picture that this man would possibly be the 'scoundrel' that he was. Intriguing from beginning to end, I had trouble putting this down. An incredible story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    He was the original! Casanova was an absolute rogue! Possibly not the first, but most certainly the best known then and still known today. That’s how proficient he was in his use of other people. The rogues of today are often called a Casanova.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashwin

    Very interesting to read about Casanova and his escapades. Another good piece of history by hourly history on Casanova. I guess it was not uncommon during his time Europe for such things of loose morals to happen. Very very interesting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    The life and character of Casanova has held fascination for so many for so many years. Hourly History brings forth the tumultuous yet fascinating journey of this colorful character in these few pages that covers almost every aspect of his existence.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Johann Fourie

    brief overview

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike Briley

    A short summary of the life of this myth. It shows how far the myth is from the reality of a rather sad person.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Such a great read Oh my goodness. What a great read!! Casanova was such a cad. Oh wow. Thank you Hourly History this was great.

  13. 5 out of 5

    George Polansky

    Well written. Not my taste.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Casanova This brief biography of Casanova was an eye opener. I had always thought he was a romantic lover, but this story painted a different picture.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Igor

    Just one very, excessively, short description. They could have given some hints how to find more information about him.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    What should have been the worlds most interesting read about one of the most salacious characters of his time kind of fell flat and just south of completely boring.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Summer Hurst

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angala Fox

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dilip

  21. 4 out of 5

    JOHN W PARKER

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Simmons

  24. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Rousseau

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Moss

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Parker

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  29. 5 out of 5

    patricia carson

  30. 5 out of 5

    David Sajabi

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