AncientPages.com - On June 4, 1798, Casanova – famous seducer and adventurer dies in a Castle in Bohemia.
Casanova – his name was Giacomo Casanova (Jack Newhouse in English) died alone at the advanced age of 73 years in the Duchcov Chateau, where he spent the last 13 years of his life.
The castle was owned by the wealthy Count Joseph Karl von Waldstein, who gave Casanova a job with a good salary. Count von Waldstein was a mason, cabalist and eccentric.
Casanova - a famous 18th-century Italian adventurer - was born into a family of Venetian actors; as a young man, he studied for the priesthood in Padua, but was expelled for his diverse shameless activities.
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 used to support himself by cheating the local nobility with magic tricks, fake alchemy and vague occult mysticism.
He was even convicted of witchcraft by the Inquisition in 1755 and imprisoned but he managed to escape and flee to France, where he wrote a pamphlet which led to Casanova’s sudden popularity.
He has become famous for his often complicated and elaborate affairs with women that his name is now synonymous with "womanizer".
He associated with European royalty, popes and cardinals, along with celebrities such as Voltaire, Goethe, Pope Clement and Mozart.
He wrote "Histoire de Ma Vie" (Story of My Life), which is both the 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 is believed to contain 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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