On This Day In History: Casanova – Famous Seducer And Adventurer Dies In A Castle In Bohemia – On June 4, 1798

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On This Day In History: Casanova – Famous Seducer And Adventurer Dies In A Castle In Bohemia – On June 4, 1798

Giacomo Casanova by Francesco Narici. Image credit: Public Domain

Giacomo Casanova died alone at the advanced age of 73 years in the Duchcov Chateau, where he spent the last 13 years.

Depending on circumstances, Casanova used more or less fictitious names such as baron or count and often signed his works as Jacques Casanova de Seingalt after he began writing in French following his second exile from Venice.

He also supported himself by cheating the local nobility with magic tricks, fake alchemy, and vague occult mysticism.

Portrait of Casanova by Alessandro Longhi

Portrait of Casanova by Alessandro Longhi. Image credit: Fang2415 - Public Domain

He was even convicted of witchcraft by the Inquisition in 1755 and imprisoned. Still, he managed to escape and flee to France, where he wrote a pamphlet that led to his sudden popularity.

He has become famous for his often complicated and elaborate affairs with women, so his name is now synonymous with "womanizer." He was widely associated with European royalty, popes, cardinals, and celebrities such as Voltaire, Goethe, Pope Clement, and Mozart. He wrote, "Histoire de Ma Vie" (Story of My Life), which is both a memoir and his autobiography.

It's a portrait of the social history of the Enlightenment period in continental Europe.

On February 18, 2010, the National Library of France purchased the 3,700-page manuscript of "Histoire de Ma Vie" for approximately €7 million (£5.750.000)!

The manuscript is believed to have been given to Casanova's nephew, Carlo Angiolini, in 1798. The manuscript contains pages not previously read or published.

Once more impoverished, Casanova ended his days as the librarian to the Count of Waldstein in the castle of Dux, Bohemia (now Duchcov, Czech Republic).

He died, aged 73, almost forgotten.


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