By Mary Lindemann
Liaisons dangereuses examines the neighborhood and overseas repercussions of a infamous episode in eighteenth-century Hamburg. Historian Mary Lindemann recounts the mysterious situations surrounding the violent dying of a counterfeit Milanese count number, Joseph Visconti, by the hands of an erstwhile Prussian lieutenant, the Baron von Kesslitz. Reconstructing the drama from the views of 4 valuable gamers -- the count number, the baron, an Italian/French courtesan, Anna Maria Romellini, and Antoine Ventura de Sanpelayo, the Spanish consul in Hamburg -- Lindemann explores the ancient currents that swept those contributors jointly and the consequences in their come upon on Hamburg's public, its govt, and its diplomatic and monetary relationships with eu courts and states. Lindemann profiles all people excited about the crime, exploring their lives as targeted units of conditions whereas reading them as eighteenth-century forms. What really came about on that fateful evening in October 1775? All Hamburg buzzed with rumors, however it is most unlikely to figure out definitely the explanations of these concerned, or maybe to understand what relatively occurred. however, the case that built round the killing of Visconti offers attention-grabbing insights into the diplomatic, cultural, criminal, social, and political background of the final 3rd of the eighteenth century. (May 1, 2006)
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Extra info for Liaisons dangereuses: Sex, Law, and Diplomacy in the Age of Frederick the Great
She left the house, crossed the Neuwalls-Brücke, and requested two soldiers to return with her. Alerted by Romellini’s screams, four night-watchmen now arrived. Going up the steps to the house, they saw Sanpelayo standing in front of the door and Kesslitz leaning on the balustrade. The latter asked them to call for ‘‘Dr. Wördenho√ ’’ (that is, the lawyer Dr. ’’ hof;∏ the shock and the pain of his wound caused Kesslitz to slur his speech). ’’ Just as they were leaving, two soldiers arrived and the cook returned, reporting that she had gone to get the doctor, who lived nearby.
Visconti continued to tussle with Romellini and, while doing so, reached into his trouser pocket as if to pull out his knife. Romellini cried: ‘‘Oh, Jesus! ’’ Apparently, however, Visconti had not actually gone for a weapon, and neither Sanpelayo nor Kesslitz recollected seeing a blade at this point. Kesslitz went over to the struggling couple, freed Romellini from Visconti’s grasp, and advised her to leave the room. Kesslitz continued to reassure Visconti that no one was trying to elude him or escape; Sanpelayo threatened to call the watch.
She also warned him to be on his guard. ’’ When Sanpelayo did not appear promptly, Romellini dispatched the cook again, this time to ﬁnd Kesslitz and to request his immediate assistance. In the meantime, and unbeknownst to Romellini, Sanpelayo had left the French minister’s house to see if he could quickly—and surreptitiously— ascertain what was happening at Romellini’s. When the cook cracked open the door, Sanpelayo asked whether Visconti was still there and if he intended to stay. She told him that Romellini had failed to cajole Visconti into leaving.
Liaisons dangereuses: Sex, Law, and Diplomacy in the Age of Frederick the Great by Mary Lindemann