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Author: Piers Paul Read

ISBN: 9781408867501
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 18 November 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.2
Based on one of the central figures from Tosca, Puccini's classic opera, Scarpia is a powerful story of love, lust and political intrigue set in Rome after the French Revolution

Man is a delicate mechanism. he can easily be set off course.

It is the late 18th century and nobleman Vitellio Scarpia finds himself, penniless and in disgrace, on the streets of Rome. After leaving his home, on a quest for a successful military career, his fiery passion has seen him expelled from the Spanish royal guard and left to seek his fortune in Italy; a fortune inseparably bound to the Pope, whose regency has been in question since the French Revolution.

Intent on furthering his position in Rome, Scarpia supplements his income as a guard by accompanying a seductive countess, delighted at the prospect of having an ex-soldier on her arm. With her as his guide, Scarpia is able to attend the many decadent parties and festivals open to the upper echelons of the city. That is, provided he does his duty.

But, traversing a society swirling with question...

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