The name of Giacomo Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt (1725-98), is
now synonymous with amorous exploits, and there are plenty of
these, vividly narrated, in his memoirs. But Casanova was not
just an energetic lover. In his time he was a diplomat,
businessman, trainee priest, traveler, prisoner, magician,
confidence man, gambler, professional entertainer, and charlatan.
He financed business projects, organized lotteries, wrote opera... more...