… 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
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, 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. More articles will become available via the members’ area. Additional information and resources about Casanova and his times are also 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
Since February, 2018 we have been releasing a new chapter on the 1st of every month, freely available to all. The final chapter of Part 1 of ‘Casanova in Paris’, which runs to 12 chapters, will be released on 1st November. In addition, there is a range of other material which is freely available: 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!); articles about Casanova’s life and times; and a wide range of blogs. Also available are accompanying Pinterest pages for each of the history articles as well as additional information and resources about Casanova and his times on Google+.
However, if you would like to support us and become a member you can have access to the entire novel straightaway. You can become a member via the Membership page.
Blogs and News.