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SEVEN ORDEALS OF COUNT CAGLIOSTRO

SEVEN ORDEALS OF COUNT CAGLIOSTRO
Born in the mid-18th-century Palermo slums, Guiseppe Balsamo rose from obscurity to become the legendary Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, who earned a reputation for dazzling kings, feeding the poor, healing the sick and, most conspicuously, relieving the careless rich of their money.
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ISBN/EAN9780099441465
Stock: 1
Publisher: Cornerstone
Pub. Date: May 6 2004
Author: MCCALMAN, IAIN
Format: Paperback
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Guiseppe Balsamo was born in the mid-eighteenth century in the slums of Palermo, Sicily. He would rise from obscurity to become the legendary Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, whose dangerous charm and reputed healing would make him the darling - and bane - of upper-crust Europe. Moving through the period between the Age of Enlightenment and the French Revolution - a time when reason and superstition co-mingled in the minds of even the best educated - Cagliostro earned a reputation for dazzling kings, feeding the poor, healing the ill and, most conspicuously, relieving the careless rich of their money. He tangled with most of the major figures in Europe at that time, including Casanova, Mozart, Goethe and Catherine the Great. Eventually a lifetime of political intrigue led him to become the key figure in The Diamond Necklace Affair, which many believe precipitated the French Revolution itself, and which would eventually lead to his own downfall and death while imprisoned and made half insane by the Inquisition.
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