HISTORY OF THE WARS IN ITALY, 1688-1706
By Count de Bonneval,
Translated by J. Sparrow
Size: 8.5″ x 11″ Paperback
Pages: 134 pages
The Count de Bonneval participated in these wars, but though a Frenchman, he fought for France’s enemy, the Duke of Savoy. If you are familiar with the story (or the movie) Barry Linden, you will find many similarities. The Count got in trouble by fighting a duel with his colonel and killing him. Having to get out of Dodge fast, he went to Savoy before the authorities caught up with him, and went to Savoy, where he entered the service of the Duke of Savoy. What follows is an account of the campaigns fought in this period in Northern Italy with a liberal dose of the adventures of the Count chasing the ladies. What is interesting is how this reflects on the morals and the habits of the nobility of the period. There are a lot of stories of the culture and nature of society that should be of interest to anyone interested in this period.