The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi)

Alessandro MANZONI (1785 - 1873), translated by UNKNOWN ( - )

The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi) presents a kaleidoscope 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.

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction TriciaG
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Play 01 Chapter 1, Part 1 TriciaG
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Play 02 Chapter 1, Part 2 TriciaG
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Play 03 Chapter 2, Part 1 TriciaG
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Play 04 Chapter 2, Part 2 TriciaG
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Play 05 Chapter 3, Part 1 TriciaG
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Play 06 Chapter 3, Part 2 TriciaG
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Play 07 Chapter 4, Part 1 Luigina
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Play 08 Chapter 4, Part 2 Luigina
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Play 09 Chapter 5, Part 1 Brendan Stallard
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Play 10 Chapter 5, Part 2 Brendan Stallard
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Play 11 Chapter 6, Part 1 clover
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Play 12 Chapter 6, Part 2 SuD
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Play 13 Chapter 7, Part 1 Brendan Stallard
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Play 14 Chapter 7, Part 2 Peter Turner
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Play 15 Chapter 8, Part 1 Peter Turner
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Play 16 Chapter 8, Part 2 Brendan Stallard
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Play 17 Chapter 9, Part 1 Luigina
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Play 18 Chapter 9, Part 2 Luigina
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Play 19 Chapter 10, Part 1 Lani Small
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Play 20 Chapter 10, Part 2 T.K. Kirven
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Play 21 Chapter 11, Part 1 Charles McHugh
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Play 22 Chapter 11, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 23 Chapter 12, Part 1 Brendan Stallard
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Play 24 Chapter 12, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 25 Chapter 13, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 26 Chapter 13, Part 2 Lani Small
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Play 27 Chapter 14, Part 1 Lani Small
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Play 28 Chapter 14, Part 2 Lani Small
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Play 29 Chapter 15, Part 1 Lani Small
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Play 30 Chapter 15, Part 2 Lani Small
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Play 31 Chapter 16, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 32 Chapter 16, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 33 Chapter 17, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 34 Chapter 17, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 35 Chapter 18, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 36 Chapter 18, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 37 Chapter 19, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 38 Chapter 19, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 39 Chapter 20, Part 1 alanmapstone
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Play 40 Chapter 20, Part 2 alanmapstone
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Play 41 Chapter 21, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 42 Chapter 21, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 43 Chapter 22, Part 1 Martin Geeson
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Play 44 Chapter 22, Part 2 Martin Geeson
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Play 45 Chapter 23, Part 1 Brendan Stallard
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Play 46 Chapter 23, Part 2 Brendan Stallard
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Play 47 Chapter 24, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 48 Chapter 24, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 49 Chapter 24, Part 3 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 50 Chapter 25, Part 1 Jeanie
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Play 51 Chapter 25, Part 2 Jeanie
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Play 52 Chapter 26, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 53 Chapter 26, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 54 Chapter 27, Part 1 alanmapstone
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Play 55 Chapter 27, Part 2 alanmapstone
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Play 56 Chapter 28, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 57 Chapter 28, Part 2 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 58 Chapter 29, Part 1 Jules Hawryluk
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Play 59 Chapter 29, Part 2 Lani Small
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Play 60 Chapter 30, Part 1 Michele Eaton
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Play 61 Chapter 30, Part 2 Michele Eaton
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Play 62 Chapter 31, Part 1 alanmapstone
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Play 63 Chapter 31, Part 2 alanmapstone
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Play 64 Chapter 32, Part 1 Lani Small
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Play 65 Chapter 32, Part 2 Lani Small
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Play 66 Chapter 33, Part 1 Lani Small
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Play 67 Chapter 33, Part 2 Sandra Estenson
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Play 68 Chapter 34, Part 1 Sandra Estenson
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Play 69 Chapter 34, Part 2 Lani Small
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Play 70 Chapter 35, Part 1 Lani Small
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Play 71 Chapter 35, Part 2 Lani Small
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Play 72 Chapter 36, Part 1 Lani Small
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Play 73 Chapter 36, Part 2 Lani Small
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Play 74 Chapter 37, Part 1 TriciaG
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Play 75 Chapter 37, Part 2 TriciaG
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Play 76 Chapter 38, Part 1 TriciaG
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Play 77 Chapter 38, Part 2 TriciaG
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