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The Betrothed

I Promessi Sposi

Alessandro Manzoni - Author

Bruce Penman - Translator

Bruce Penman - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140442748 | 720 pages | 06 Mar 1984 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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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.