Beatrice Cenci laid her neck on the chopping block. She’d helped to beat a powerful nobleman to death, but for many in Rome, her execution was a tragic perversion of justice.
Beatrice’s father, Francisco, was a horrible abuser. His wife and three children all suffered at his hands. Pushed to the brink, the four Cencis grouped together to put an end to Francisco’s evil. The ensuing trial enthralled the city’s population, and gave rise to a legend about Beatrice that persists to this day.
This entry in Dumas’ ”Celebrated Crimes” nimbly explores issues of morality and justice, whilst also delivering a juicy true crime story. Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) was a hugely popular 19th century French writer. Born of mixed French and Haitian heritage, Dumas first rose to prominence in Paris as a playwright, but later gained international fame with his historical fiction. Often co-authored with other writers, these stories wove together swashbuckling adventure, romance, and real events from France’s past. Among the best known are ”The Three Musketeers”, and its sequels ”Twenty Years After”, and ”Le Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later”. Set across four decades, this trilogy follows the rise of the dashing D’Artagnan—from hot-headed soldier to trusted captain under Louis XIV. Dumas’ other novels include ”The Count of Monte Cristo” and ”The Black Tulip”. His works have been adapted into more than 200 movies, including The Man in the Iron Mask starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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