The Novelist and the Archivist: Fiction and History in Alessandro Manzoni’s The Betrothed

  • Claudio Povolo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. John Jeffries Martin
    Pages 1-19
  3. Claudio Povolo
    Pages 20-55
  4. Claudio Povolo
    Pages 56-67
  5. Claudio Povolo
    Pages 68-88
  6. Claudio Povolo
    Pages 89-107
  7. Claudio Povolo
    Pages 108-116
  8. Claudio Povolo
    Pages 117-131

About this book


In the 19th century, Alessandro Manzoni dedicated himself to writing the novel I promessi sposi that encouraged the Italian Risorgimento. This book traces how the renowned novelist was inspired by an event that occurred at the beginning of the 17th century, which he came to know about thanks to the secret collaboration of a Venetian archivist.


fiction history Italy novel Risorgimento

Authors and affiliations

  • Claudio Povolo
    • 1
  1. 1.University Ca’ Foscari of VeniceItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-48445-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-39599-3
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