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Valperga : or the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


or the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780195108811
Number Of Pages: 480

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Not reprinted since its first edition, Mary Shelley's second novel is sure to be a major discovery of the Mary Shelley bicentenary of 1997. The novel's lack of success as a follow-up to Frankenstein was the result of its subject matter and unconventional approach to the genre of historical fiction, attributes that can only delight the twentieth-century reader. Shelley's mastery of the intricate details of thirteenth-century Tuscan politics is unique among women of her time, and her resolute filtering of the bloody heroics of the age through the sensibilities of two women who are destroyed by them reveals the feminist perspective missing so conspicuously from her first novel. The latest addition to the acclaimed Women Writers in English series, this glittering novel from Romanticism's premier woman storyteller belongs on the shelves of all serious readers of English fiction.

Forewordp. viii
Chronologyp. x
Introductionp. xii
Selected Bibliographyp. xxiv
p. 3
Prefacep. 5
Birth of Castruccio. -- His family exiled from Lucca when he is eleven years of agep. 7
Castruccio visits Florence. -- Characters of Euthanasia dei Adimari and her father. -- The father of Castruccio diesp. 16
Francis Guinigi, the military Peasant. Castruccio resides with him one Yearp. 30
Castruccio in Englandp. 41
Castruccio in Flanders and France-- Alberto Scoto -- Benedetto Pepip. 52
Castruccio in Italy -- Susa -- Creed of Benedettop. 66
Milan. -- Court of the Emperor Henry. -- Arrigo Guinigi. -- Sack of Cremona. -- Benedetto Pepip. 76
Death of the Emperor. -- Uguccione, tyrant of Pisa, restores Castruccio at Lucca. -- Euthanasiap. 89
Castle of Valperga described -- Friendship and Lovep. 100
Euthanasia's Narrativep. 107
Capture of Monte Catini. -- Castruccio treacherously made prisoner by Ranieri, Governor of Lucca. -- Delivered, and proclaimed Consulp. 115
Peace between Lucca and Florence. -- Bindop. 127
Euthanasia holds a Courtp. 139
Euthanasia's Court continued. -- Pepi arrivesp. 150
p. 159
Conference of Castruccio and Galeazzo Visconti -- of Castruccio and the Bishop of Ferrarap. 161
Parentage of Beatrice. -- She is arrested by the Inquisitionp. 173
Judgement of God. -- Revolution of Ferrarap. 188
Fall of Beatricep. 198
Visit to Pepi at Cremonap. 211
Galeazzo Visconti at Florence. -- Castruccio and Euthanasia meet at Valperga: Doubts and Reservep. 221
Castruccio exiles three hundred Families from Lucca -- Visits at Valperga -- His Character further developedp. 233
Beatrice, disguised as a Pilgrim, visits Valperga. -- Castruccio relates her Storyp. 248
Castruccio plots the Assassination of Robert King of Naples. -- Made Prince of Lucca. -- Declares War against Florence. -- Plot for a Revolution in Lucca defeated. -- Castruccio summons Valpergap. 259
Castruccio reconnoitres for a Surprise. -- Embassy of Tripaldap. 273
Valperga takenp. 286
Euthanasia at Luccap. 296
p. 305
The Witch of the Forestp. 307
Beatrice in the Inquisition at Lucca. -- Freed by Castruccio, at the Intercession of Euthanasiap. 316
Beatrice, her Creed, and her Lovep. 327
Beatrice's Narrativep. 340
Beatrice resolves to take the Veil. -- Euthanasia visits Florencep. 355
Beatrice meets Tripalda -- is led by Bindo to the Witch's Cavep. 363
Euthanasia returns. -- Beatrice meets the witch, and encounters Castruccio and Tripalda. -- Diesp. 376
Castruccio's Progress in Arms. -- He brings Devastation to the Gates of Florence. -- A Conspiracy formed against himp. 391
Euthanasia joins the Conspiracy.- Tripalda a Memberp. 401
Euthanasia removes to Lucca. -- Conference with Tripalda. -- Tripalda turns Informerp. 407
Euthanasia in Prisonp. 419
Euthanasia sails for Sicily, and is lostp. 428
Conclusionp. 438
Appendix: Pierpont Morgan Manuscript Sheets of Valpergap. 443
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ISBN: 9780195108811
ISBN-10: 0195108817
Series: Women Writers in English 1350-1850
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64