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Casanova: more than a serial seducer

Leo Damrosch reveals how Giacomo Casanova wasn’t just a serial seducer but also an aspiring priest, spy, army officer and Masonic master

Published: June 29, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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Giacomo Casanova is remembered for his reputation as a serial seducer. But according to author Leo Damrosch, he was far more than that. Speaking with Emily Briffett, Leo explains how Casanova was also an aspiring priest, spy, army officer and Masonic master, who led a colourful life that saw him interact with kings, empresses and some of the most famous writers of his time.


Leo Damrosch is the author of Adventurer: The Life and Times of Giacomo Casanova (Yale University Press, 2022)


Emily BriffettPodcast editorial assistant

Emily is HistoryExtra’s podcast editorial assistant. Before joining the BBC History team in 2021, Emily graduated with an MA in Public History from Royal Holloway, University of London


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