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The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi)

Alessandro Manzoni

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi) presents a caleidoscope of individual stories, which are all tied together by the story of Lucia and Renzo, two young persons of humble origin that are deeply in love with one another. However, despite their great attachment, they are prevented from marrying by the cruel Don Rodrigo, who has himself cast an eye on the beautiful and pious Lucia. Don Rodrigo menaces the priest who was to perform the wedding ceremony, who then refuses to do his duty. Thus threatened and prevented from being married, the couple is separated, and the narration follows each of them on their struggle to unite again.Set in the years 1628-1630, the main story is accompanied by a rich and most accurate description of the historical background -- the warfaring cities, the plague, and the oppressive Spanish rule over Northern Italy during that time. The narration also includes many smaller subplots which allow the reader glimpses into the lives of the other characters involved.Alessandro Manzoni is regarded as one of the most important authors of Italian literature, and this particular work is counted to the overall most important literary works of the 19th century.

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

28h 46m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

28:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

28:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

18:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

23:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

23:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

23:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

23:14


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

25:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

24:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

18:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

20:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

16:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

22:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

21:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

19:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

22:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

32:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

24:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

22:41


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

25:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

14:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

22:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

21:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

23:48


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

22:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

23:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

32:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

32:23


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

21:23


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

17:17


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

13:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

14:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

23:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

26:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

24:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

20:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

25:09


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

30:48


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

35:29


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

26:50


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

16:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

17:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

28:26


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

20:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

20:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

16:43


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

21:03


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

26:15