Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century. He is considered one of the greatest influencers on the Age of Romanticism (also known as the Romantic era) was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century, and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850.
His life influenced the works of many such Lord Byron- Baron George Gordon Byron, Robert Browning and many more .
The way the man is often depicted in later day books and movies as being a slender man with feminine features. That’s isn’t how he looked. From accounts of him written by others; he was quite a big guy. Over six feet tall and weighing over 200 lbs. I wondered why anyone five feet six to five feet seven inches tall. That was the standard height for a man in those day would want to pick a fight with someone that big?
He pretty much become the standard for romance novel leading males characters in novels the Victorian Age onto the present day.
One can not be a true romantic author and not know about that the guidelines of their literary work was based upon the chivalry and sometimes not so chivalrous life of a real person. I’m not talking about the Middle Ages definition of chivalry. Which is sometimes called courtly love.
No, I don’t mean Kurt Cobain’s Courtney Love
Courtly love is a highly conventionalized medieval tradition of love between a knight and a married noblewoman, first developed by the troubadours of southern France and extensively employed in European literature of the time. The love of the knight for his lady was regarded as an ennobling passion and the relationship was typically unconsummated.
Some say it courtly love is what existed between Guinevere and Sir Lancelot.
Nah! I doubt that.