Romeo and Juliet by Denyse Bridger

One of the most famous love stories of all time is Romeo and Juliet. But, have you ever wondered just where this tragic love story began? We know they were from Verona, and the historic place that is called “Juliet’s Balcony” is as famous in Italy for tourists as the story itself. This is a photo of the balcony where Juliet looked down upon her Romeo.


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So, here’s a quick look at the history of this famous/infamous tale of ill-fated love:

The history of Romeo and Juliet took place while in Verona the Scaligeri were reigning. After the period in which Alberto I della Scala governed, the regency was kept during the years 1301-1304 by the magnanimous Bartolomeo I della Scala, who tried, in vain, to appease the hate of the internal struggles between the families of Verona.

The literary origin: In 1524, the captain of Vicenza Luigi da Porto, who had been wounded during a battle, retired to write down his war memories: there was a big contrast between the failure of his writings and the success of his “Historia novellatamente ritrovata di due nobili amanti con la loro pietosa morte intervenuta già al tempo di Bartolomeo della Scala” (The history of two noble lovers and their piteous death occurred during the reign of Bartolomeo della Scala). It’s a long work printed in 1531, that contained all the fact that Shakespeare would narrate later. Da Porto explains that the plot was given him by an archer named Pellegrino da Verona. It is probable that an oral tradition about the history of the two lovers already existed at the age. The historicist of Verona, Girolamo Dalla Corte, in his “Historie”, written in 1560, tries to sustain the reality of this legend. The history of the unlucky lovers became famous all around Europe, so that the English writers Arthur Brooke, in 1562, and William Painter, in 1569, wrote a version of it. Also the Spanish Lope de Vega ventured upon the narration in 1590, and he obtained his aim.

Finally, in 1596, Shakespeare gave to the world his immortal version, that was represented at the English Theatre, playing himself the part of Mercuzio or Fray Lorenzo. A year later he printed “The excellent tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, as it has often been represented to the public (with great success) by the servants of the very Honourable lord Hudson”, while in 1599 a second corrected edition had been printed. Since Shakespeare had never been in Italy, he probably took the subject from the versions of Brooke and Painter. Moreover Brooke affirmed to have seen the drama played at the theatre before 1562.

Apart from the balcony, the modern city of Verona also allows tourists to visit the tomb of the legendary lovers. Despite the variations, the story will live forever in the hearts and imaginations of romantics everywhere.

A novella of mine, set in Ancient Pompeii, Italy, has just been re-released, and several new works will also be set in the birthplace of Romeo and Juliet. the romance of Italy is like the lovers, it will never cease to be magical!

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This is an EROTIC/VAMPIRE historical….. it’s set in Ancient Pompeii, mostly, and moves into modern time….. it contains a great deal of sexual content, and historical accuracy about the decadence of the Romans of that era. It was fascinating to write, and as you can see, the cover is a stunner….. I hope your curiosity will be piqued, and you’ll consider adding this one to your collection – the reviews are amazing… and I think you’ll find it a satisfying read!!!

3_26 WhomGodsHaveFavoured_MEDPompeii lies complacent and decadent in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the populace thriving on their depravity and their hunger for blood and Games. Within the elite aristocracy, games of another type are being played, deadly secrets are a threat to more than status, and conspiracy is a way of life for those who are unhappy.

 Lucius has long been exalted as a warrior without peer. Adored and covetted by men and women alike, he is blind to the plots that are thickening around him. While total control is his on the bloody fields of war, on the battlefield of the heart, as he is about to discover, even the strongest man can be deceived by his ignorance.

 Watching over it all is the majesty of Vesuvius, sputtering smoke, promising retribution. In the midst of the looming destruction, an ancient evil emerges, and will claim not only a celebrated general of Rome, but the slave girl he has slowly grown to love and cherish. A girl who will follow him into hell itself?



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