… to the world of Giacomo Casanova … 
the world of an extraordinary life that was much more than the romantic exploits of film legend  

Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King - Part 1

A graphic novel in twelve chapters, freely available here

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Life and Times

‘Casanova’s Life and Times’, is a variety of 31 articles (ranging from 1,000 to 6,000 words)

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Blogs on the creation of ‘Casanova in Paris’, the life of Casanova and the history of the time (with a special focus on Venice and Paris)

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Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King - Part 1

Central to our site is a 248-page graphic novel.  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, 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 a wide range of articles about the life of Casanova himself and the social and political background of the period as well as numerous blogs over half of which are historically themed. Each article is linked to an accompanying Pinterest page.  Additional information and resources about Casanova and his times are also available 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.

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