16 Facts About Alessandro Manzoni


Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Antonio Manzoni was an Italian poet, novelist and philosopher.


Alessandro Manzoni was an influential proponent of Liberal Catholicism in Italy.


The young Alessandro Manzoni spent his first two years in cascina Costa in Galbiate and he was wet-nursed by Caterina Panzeri, as attested by a memorial tablet affixed in the place.


Alessandro Manzoni was a slow developer, and at the various colleges he attended he was considered a dunce.


Alessandro Manzoni was even supposed to marry the daughter of Antoine Destutt de Tracy.


In 1808, Alessandro Manzoni married Henriette Blondel, daughter of a Genevese banker.


Alessandro Manzoni came from a Calvinist family, but in 1810 she became a Roman Catholic.


Alessandro Manzoni's marriage proved a happy one, and he led for many years a retired domestic life, divided between literature and the picturesque husbandry of Lombardy.


In 1819, Alessandro Manzoni published his first tragedy, Il Conte di Carmagnola, which, boldly violating all classical conventions, excited a lively controversy.


In 1822, Alessandro Manzoni published his second tragedy, Adelchi, turning on the overthrow by Charlemagne of the Lombard domination in Italy, and containing many veiled allusions to the existing Austrian rule.


Alessandro Manzoni wrote a small treatise on the Italian language.


Alessandro Manzoni favored the Italian unification and was even a member of the Italian Senate.


Alessandro Manzoni was well acquainted with authors such as Jean-Baptiste Say and Adam Smith and left numerous notes on the economic treatises and essays he was reading.


Alessandro Manzoni's funeral was celebrated in the Milan Cathedral with almost royal pomp.


Alessandro Manzoni's remains, after they lay in state for some days, were followed to the Cimitero Monumentale in Milan by a vast cortege, including the royal princes and all the great officers of state, but his noblest monument was Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, written to honour his memory.


Alessandro Manzoni has never maintained that outside her fold and apart from her teaching, man cannot arrive at any moral truth; she has on the contrary more than once condemned this opinion because it has appeared under more forms than one.