Casanova, in life and in the movie: who actually was a famous lover, and how many women won
• Casanova in life and in the movie: who actually was a famous lover, and how many women captured the
April 2, 1725 was born the most famous lover in European history - Giacomo Girolamo Casanova. For many of Casanova's name became a household word, synonymous with the word "womanizer". However, few people know that his real identity is not limited to the erotic exploits, he dabbled in the role of a lawyer, Abbe, musician, diplomat, assistant, spy, writer and even a librarian. Rumors about his sexual exploits are exaggerated, and among all women was one that he could not forget until the end of days.
Giacomo Casanova was a very intelligent and well-educated. Even in the 12 years he entered the University of Padua, and at 17 received his law degree, and then continued his studies at the seminary. On his return to Venice he began his career as a lawyer of the church, but the role of the lawyer and the priest did not liking him, and he began to travel across Europe.
Left - Unknown artist. Portrait of Casanova, approx. 1750 Right - A. Lange. Portrait of Casanova.
The Italian was very venturesome, even while at university he began to gamble and quickly found himself in debt. At the same time he was aware of his passion: "Greed forced me to play. I like to spend money, and my heart bled when the money was not won in the cards. "
The famous lover fascinated by magic, in Paris, he pretended to be an alchemist, but in fact was a charlatan and a conjurer. During a trip to France, he became a member of the Masonic society. Because of the interest in the occult and ties with the Masons in 1755, he was arrested and imprisoned in the Piombo - "leaden prison."
The prison Piombo.
In his memoirs, Casanova claims that he managed to escape from prison, he helped to carry that renegade priest from a neighboring chamber. Supposedly they make a hole in the ceiling, climbed onto the roof, and from there came down on the sheets. There is also a version that helped him pay off one of the wealthy patrons.
A frame from the film "The Adventures of Giacomo Casanova", 1955.
Casanova entered the history as the inventor of the first national lottery. After escaping from prison, he invented a way how you can earn money for the state quickly, easily and painlessly. Tickets suddenly parted, he was able to gain a considerable amount.
F. Narichi (presumably). Portrait of Casanova, 1760
In 1757, French Foreign Minister de Bernis sent him to Dunkirk as a spy. Then Casanova coped with the task - he had diligently inquired about the structure of ships and weak points of the enemy army. Giacomo spoke with European monarchs, cardinals and thinkers.
Castle Dux in Bohemia.
The last years of his life Casanova spent quite modest. He lived in the castle of Dux in Bohemia (now - the Czech Republic), where he worked as a librarian at the Count Joseph von Wallenstein and wrote his famous memoirs. "The story of my life" in those days was a real sensation, although these days the memories of Casanova can hardly surprise anyone juicy details.
A still from the film "Casanova."
Casanova's appearance was far from modern ideas about male attractiveness. His friend, Prince de Ligne so described it: "It would be beautiful, when there was not ugly: tall, built like Hercules, a swarthy face; dead eyes, full of mind, always betrays resentment, anxiety or anger, and that was why he seems to be ferocious. His anger is easier than to cheer, he seldom laughs, but he likes to make people laugh; his speech entertaining and fun, they have something of the clown and the harlequin of Figaro. "
Heath Ledger as Casanova 2005.
In his memoirs, Casanova does not mention the exact number of his mistresses. Researcher H. Cruz his biography states that there were 132, according to the calculations of other biographers - 122. Despite the many sexual relationships, only one woman has left its mark on his life. In his memoirs, he calls her Henrietta. This Frenchwoman was not only beautiful, but also very clever. Their affair lasted only three months, and forget Casanova could not have it until the end of his life.
"Those who believe that a woman can not make a man happy for twenty-four hours a day, never knew Henrietta. Joy fills my soul, was significantly higher in the afternoon, when I talked to her, rather than at night, when she was in my arms. Being very well-read and possessing an innate taste, Henriette judged rightly of everything "- recalled Casanova about it.
Thank Casanova many men is haunted: someone is trying to beat him in the amount of seducing women, and someone just wants to prolong their youth.