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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1841 Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. The scene is laid in Lucca, during the contests between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines; but my object has not been to bring forward old party distinctions, in which no one now takes any interest, but to represent the first rising against the feudal system, which has since led to such important results. Castruccio is the (attempted) ideal of the hero and the patriot. He has himself been exiled and oppressed; out of this early experience grows his sympathy with the wrongs of the city to whose cause he devotes himself, while the glory of Lucca is the poetry and passion of his life. Count Leoni is merely one of a faction, referring all things to small and individual interests. He is the representative of the few, while Castruccio is that of the many. DRAMATIS PERSONS. MEN. Castruccio Castrucani--Leader of the popular party in Lucca. Count Gonsalvi--Envoy from Florence. Count Arrezi--one of the secretly opposed Nobles. Count Leoni--his Nephew, just returned from travel. Cesario--Secretary to Castruccio. Nobles, Citizens, Soldiers, Sfc. WOMEN. Bianca--Daughter of Count Arrezi, betrothed to Cas-truccio. Claricha--an orphan dependant in the house of Arrezi. Ladies, Attendants, Sfc. Scene lies in Lucca. CASTRUCCIO CASTRUCANI. ACT I. Scene I.--A Market-place. Citizens grouped together, talking earnestly. Ist Citizen. How was he taken? for he would have fought A dozen single handed. 2ND CITIZEN. Last night, returning from the Count Arrezi, To whose fair daughter he has been betrothed, He was surrounded by those foreign bandits That wear Count Ludolph's colours. Ist Citizen. Work fitting to their mercenary hands. 2ND CITIZEN. I saw the whole, for I was late at work. Castruccio pass'd me as I hurried home; Dark as it was, I knew his stately form! He cross...
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