Re: The Betrothed - Background
Posted by guillermo maynez on 4/10/2011, 17:08:06, in reply to "Re: The Betrothed - Background"
Thanks!! Precisely for the same reasons you state, the XVI Century has always seemed to me magical, mysterious, and attractive. It is certainly the most confusing, packed there between the Renaissance and the Illustration. Perhaps the Baroque style in the arts could be considered a distinguishing cultural theme, but I'm not so sure. Surely the places where "The Betrothed" takes place are a great idea for a long vacation, so beautiful and interesting. |
: The Betrothed takes place 1628-1630. It is roughly
: contemporary with The Three Musketeers. Shakespeare
: has been dead for 12 years. The Thirty Years' War
: (1616-1648) is only one of several wars under way.
: With the exception of Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, the
: ruling heads of Europe are unexceptionable. Louis
: XIII's rule of France is contested by Cardinal
: Richelieu. Charles I of England has still 21 more
: years to reign before losing his head. Philip IV has
: just begun his long rule of Spain, Ferdinand II is
: Holy Roman Emperor, and Michael I is now the first
: Romanov czar of Russia.
: The 17th century has always seemed to me to be the
: most confusing period of European history, with no
: dominant cultural theme and with constant religious
: and dynastic conflict. Every major country was
: simultaneously involved in foreign wars, internal
: revolt, and overseas conquest.
: Here is a map of northern Italy at that time.
: Here is a picture showing the striking headpiece that
: Lucia was wearing on her ill-fated wedding day.
: And here is a modern-day view of Lecco, the town on
: Lake Como where the story begins.