Prior to writing his masterpiece History of my life, Casanova had penned two previous autobiographical works The Duel and History of my flight from the prison of the Republic of Venice. His duel with Count Branicki was so notorious at the time that it was even reported in the London press.
In an article for the Guardian, Tim Parks gives an insightful and very readable introduction to a new edition of The Duel – here.
For a much more detailed and contextualised account there is a very good article in Encyclopedia.com – here.
Read an extract about the duel from Casanova’s memoirs – here.
Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ is freely available here.
27 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here.
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