… to the world of Giacomo Casanova …
the world of an extraordinary life that was much more than the sexual exploits of film legend
Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King - Part 1
Central to our site is a 248-page graphic novel, released in instalments (but available to members in its entirety). If you wanted to put it into a box I suppose you could call it historical fiction (with a mix of murder, politics, religion, espionage, biography and romance). Although the story is fictional, it’s placed within a framework and chronology of events that did exist. Most of the characters were real people. We’ve gone to reasonable lengths not to contradict what is known about Casanova and the history of the time although we have imagined some alternative possibilities. The artwork, by the way, unusual in this age of graphic software, is pretty much all hand-drawn.
Casanova's Life and Times
As well as the graphic novel, the site contains 18 articles about the life of Casanova himself and the social and political background of the period. Each article will be linked to an accompanying Pinterest page. 6 of the articles (and all of the Pinterest pages) will be available to everyone. All 18 articles will be available via the members’ area. Additional information and resources about Casanova and his times will be freely available on Google+ and on our blog.
In the long term
Our idea is to build up both sides of the site – the story-telling side and the history side. Along with the graphic novel itself, we would like to tell other stand-alone stories, separate to the novel but linked to its various characters. As far as the articles are concerned, needless to say the opportunities are unlimited. Fingers crossed, we would like the site eventually to become a genuinely valuable resource for anyone interested in Casanova or the political and social history of eighteenth-century Europe.
The joy of developing a website such as this is the flexibility and creative independence it gives to us as well as the possibility, if the opportunity arises, to collaborate with other writers, artists and maybe even historians.
Available online now
We’re going fully live 1st February, 2018 but some material is freely available to view now: Programme Notes, including The Bourbons (a short outline of the ruling family of pre-Revolutionary France) and The Cast (who’s who and what they look like); The Prologue (Casanova’s escape from the prison of the Venetian Inquisition – the first man ever!); Chapter 1 – The Southerner; Chapter 2 – Stefano, Marie & Giuseppe; and 6 of the 18 articles about Casanova’s life and times. Also freely available now are accompanying Pinterest pages for each of the 6 history articles as well as additional information and resources about Casanova and his times on Google+ and our blog.
However, if you would like to support us and become a member you can have access to all of the material on the site straightaway, including the entire novel. You can do that on the Membership page.
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