From the novel's opening chapters the reader is ushered into a shadowy world in which crime and religion are mingled. In the church of Santa Maria del Pianto in Naples, Ellena Rosalba and Vincentio di Vivaldi first meet; but their love is ill-omened. Leagued against them are the proud and ambitious Marchese di Vivaldi and her confessor Father Schedoni. When Ellena vanishes on the death of her guardian, Vivaldi sets out in pursuit of her across the mountainous regions of southern Italy before himself falling prey to the Holy Inquisition.
This revised and expanded edition explores the novel in the context of British attitudes to Italy and Roman Catholicism in the late eighteenth century with close attention to the novel's style and form.
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This edition also contains The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents, The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents, The Italian: Or the Confessional of the Black Penitents
About: The Italian has a dark, mysterious and somber tone, and concerns the themes of love, devotion and persecution by the Holy Inquisition.
This edition also contains The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents, The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents
About: Ann Radcliffe, nèe Ward (1764-1823) was an English author and a pioneer of the gothic novel.
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