As many of you may know, Michelle Lovric has written numerous books set in Venice, including Carnevale and The Floating Book. She is also part of a wonderful blog with contributions from a number of women writers and historians (see the link below). Michelle recently interview Gregory Dowling, author of The Four Horsemen, the second in his Alvise Marangon series of mysteries set in 18th century Venice. Here’s the whole post, for your reading pleasure:
Imagine my surprise and gratitude when I saw that Gregory had mentioned me in the interview!
<<From Michelle Lovric: One of your characters is a sexually rapacious noblewoman. I have heard it said that the 18th century was the most feminine of times – when women enjoyed more equality, freedom and power than at other periods. Is your Isabella Venier a metaphor for Venice of the 18th Century?
From Gregory Dowling: Well, I don’t like to think of my characters purely in terms of metaphors or symbols. I hope she comes across first of all as a living, breathing person. Of course, there had been women of influence and prestige before the 18th century (Gaspara Stampa, Veronica Franco, Sarra Copia Sulam, to name just a few – and anyone who is interested should get hold of Kathleen Ann Gonzalez’s book A Beautiful Woman in Venice), but probably it did become easier for women, at least of a certain rank, to play a public role in the 18th century – and not only in Venice, of course.>>
Full disclosure: I used some of Gregory’s research for my own books Seductive Venice and A Beautiful Woman in Venice. He’s a font of knowledge as well as a wonderful, generous person! We’ve had the pleasure of meeting up in Venice.