Though the man named casanova lived way back in the 18th century,his name still remains popular mostly used as an adjective for a man who knows his way around ladies
Casanova once wrote ”marriage is the tomb of love”. Giacomo Casanova had a fill of women throughout his adventurous life, he mostly had sexual relationships with elite women. He was born in 1725 in the republic of Venice[now Italy]. Casanova was a lover, hero, gambler, adventurer, villain, seducer, writer, lawyer, peacock, and libertine. He wrote his own autobiography Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life) which contained his sexual experiences, his travels and travails
Casanova seduced at least 120 women
He admits candidly in his autobiography that he “never knew anything of greater importance” than the cultivation of pleasure.
“I felt myself born for the fair sex, I have always loved it dearly, and I have been loved by it as often and as much as I could.”
Casanova was charming, adventurous who often fell for elite women who seduced him as much as he seduced them. He stood at a staggering 192cm and had dark eyes
Casanova willingly tied with the women a psychological game, amused, intrigued, confused, lures, surprised, glorifying. He wrote about the victory gained through improvisation. He flattered, sometimes molested until reaching the desired. For the sake of beautiful eyes he moved from town to town
He combined a sense of the sublime and carnal desire, sincere impulses and cash payments. Casanova bought the girls who liked him (most of all he liked was young skinny brunette), he taught them love science and secular manners
In a pattern he often repeated, he would discover an attractive woman in trouble with a brutish or jealous lover ;he would ameliorate her difficulty ; she would show her gratitude; he would seduce her; a short exciting affair would ensue ; feeling a loss of ardor or boredom setting in, he would plead his unworthiness and arrange for her marriage or pairing with a worthy man, then exit the scene
In 1759, Casanova travelled to Holland. In the short time he was there, he managed to seduce the aristocrat of high society, daughters of the innkeeper, a nun from a provincial monastery, an academic girl, the mistress of theological disputes, maids in the Bernese baths, charming and serious Dubois, some ugly actress and, finally, even her hunchbacked friend . He seduced everyone. He had only one rule: two women are much easier to seduce together than apart.
Casanova the Gambler
Casanova was a very intelligent man, he graduated university with a degree in law at age 17 but, all his life was spent gambling. Playing such games of chance as a faro, whist, quinze, Biribi, primero, piquet, lotteries, and basset. It was at the young age of 20 that he first decided to become a professional gambler. And though he sought out and paid for the teachings and classes given by successful gamblers, he was never to become one himself.
Casanova wasn’t a very skilled player. But thanks to his quick wit, luck, and charm, he was always able to stay afloat. Many of the debts he would run up were to be paid off by one of his lovers. As he once recalled, “I played on the martingale, but with such bad luck that I soon left without a sequin. I was obliged to tell [the lady] of my losses, and it was at her request that I sold all her diamonds, losing what I got for them. I still gamed, but for small stakes, waiting for the slow return of good luck
Thanks to his gift of moving seamlessly through upper society, he even set up a state lottery with the King of France, King Louis XV. The idea was to raise enough money for a military school, thus saving the King from having to increase taxes. And, it goes without saying that both the King and Casanova had an eye on getting extremely wealthy of the scheme as well. It proved to be a great success.
HE FOUGHT IN A DUEL OUT OF LOVE
While in Padua in 1746 Casanova started a relationship with woman named Ancilla ,she owned a gambling den and Casanova fell for her[not surprisingly though] he lavished her with money and gifts till he discovered that she had another lover known as count medina. Count Medina was also known as Ancilla’s favorite lover. And he also excelled at cards. Casanova felt the two had conspired to cheat him. He demanded satisfaction. So Medina returned the young Venetian’s money and then challenged him to a duel by swords.
Though Casanova escaped the duel unharmed, he wounded Medina and gained an enemy for the rest of his life. Casanova would go on to have at least one more duel over the course of his adventurous life.
HE WAS IMPRISONED AND HE ESCAPED
On 26 July 1755,in his town of birth,Venice, at age 30, Casanova was arrested for affront to religion and common decency. Without any proper trial he was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Casanova had no intention of serving his full five-year sentence. So Casanova decided to fly the coop. After weeks of labor, he filed an iron bar into a spike, which he used to create a hole through the floor of his cell, which he escaped through with the help of a prison mate Father Balbi, a renegade priest. After the escape he fled to Paris . Thirty years later in 1787, Casanova wrote Story of My Flight, which was very popular and was reprinted in many languages, and he repeated the tale a little later in his memoirs. Casanova’s judgment of the exploit is characteristic:
‘’Thus did God provide me with what I needed for an escape which was to be a wonder if not a miracle. I admit that I am proud of it; but my pride does not come from my having succeeded, for luck had a good deal to do with that; it comes from my having concluded that the thing could be done and having had the courage to undertake it’’
HE WAS A PEDOPHILE
In 1953, when he was only 27 years old he impregnated a 14 year old caterina capretta, her father, angry at his daughter sent her away to a convent,but he did not stop Casanova from finding ways to see her
In the early 1750s, he rented a room from a Madame Quinson and began a sexual relationship with her daughter, Mimi, who was “between fifteen and sixteen years of age.” After Mimi became pregnant, her mother apparently demanded that Casanova marry the teen. Casanova, who was already married, was not interested. Brought to court, he told the judge no one could prove he was the father of Mimi’s child.
In the year 1765,when he was 40,He bought a 12 year old girl who was presumed to a Russian sex slave. He also wrote in his book about having a sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl named helene
In 1774, when he was almost 50, Casanova encountered in Trieste a former lover, the actress Irene, now accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter. “A few days later she came, with her daughter, who pleased me and who did not reject my caresses. One fine day, she met with Baron Pittoni, who loved little girls as much as I did, and took a liking to Irene’s girl, and asked the mother to do him the same honor some time that she had done to me. I encouraged her to receive the offer, and the baron fell in love. This was lucky for Irene.”
HE HAD SEX WITH OWN DAUGHTER
“I have never been able to understand how a father could tenderly love his charming daughter without having slept with her at least once,” Casanova wrote.
Casanova was a grossly indecent man, to that we all can agree. But that fact that actually slept with his own daughter, ewww.
Casanova never married, but that didn’t stop him from having a handful of illegitimate sons and daughters. One of these was Leonilda, his daughter from an affair with Lucrezia Castelli. Lucrezia seemed to have confessed to Casanova that their daughter was unhappy, for her husband was not giving her the child she so desperately wanted. So Casanova agreed to Lucrezia’s plan. He would impregnate her himself.
This isn’t typically the kind of thing a man would brag about, but Casanova was no typical man. In fact, the record of this act comes from his own writing. The unholy union had its desired effect. And Casanova became both father and grandfather to Leonilda’s son and/or brother. Gross
He was a part-time conman
In 1759, Casanova tried to help his old friend Guistiniana Wynne get an abortion (not his baby for once) only to end up sleeping with her himself. He procured an ointment that would supposedly act as an abortifacient, but it had to be applied with his “private” parts, or so he claimed. At that stage, one starts to question how earnestly Casanova was trying to “help”. To no one’s shock, this did not work, and Wynne fled to give birth in a convent.
In the early 1760s, Casanova found himself back in Paris to commit his most famous con: trick the Marquise d’Urfé into thinking he could magically transform her into a young man. This plan only lasted for a little bit until the aristocrat caught on.
He performed several cons throughout his life
At the end of his adventurous life Casanova worked as a librarian at a library in Bohemia, it gave him time to write his memoirs. It is noteworthy that he died alone, the only friend he was reportedly said to have was his pet fox terriers
Casanova died in Bohemia[now Czech republic] in 1798 at the age of 73. His last words are said to have been “I have lived as a philosopher and I die as a Christian”
His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century
Written By Opeye