Europe's greatest adventurer. Thrown into an escape-proof prison for a crime he probably committed. The question is, which crime?
In 1755, the infamous Giacomo Casanova was locked up without trial in the Leads.
This is Casanova's own account of the escape bid that made him a celebrity across Europe, full of his unique wit and philosophy, translated into English in full for the first time.
I grew up in the New Forest, studied French in Birmingham and Bordeaux, became a film scholar, dabbled with teaching, and finally moved to London. I share a flat with a little black cat, cook curries, and write stories.