Verdi loved Manzoni as an Italian patriot, and wrote his stirring Requiem Mass in honor of this poet and novelist. In The Betrothed
(I Promessi Sposi
), Manzoni tells a story more than worthy of Grand Opera. Deeply concerned with justice and mercy, Manzoni's novel describes the plight of two peasant lovers, Renzo and Lucia, separated by tyranny in divided seventeenth-century Italy, suffering the vicissitudes of war, famine and plague. Read in its day for its call for Italian unity, today the novel's power is in its call for conversion and response to God's love in spite of obstacles and circumstances.
An Eighth Day View:
A historical novel set in Lombardy during the wars, famine and plague of the period 1628-30. Two sta...