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"As new - gift quality! ""a tale of lust, betrayal, and multiple murder set in Venice in the last days of the fifteenth century…a significant influence on Byron and Shelley…"" 280 annotated pages."
A tale of lust, betrayal, and multiple murder set in Venice in the last days of the 15th century. The novel follows Victoria's progress from spoilt daughter of indulgent aristocrats, through a period of abuse and captivity, to a career of deepening criminality conducted under Satan's watchful eye. Charlotte Dacre's narrative deftly displays her heroine's movement from the vitalized position of Ann Radcliffe's heroines to a fully conscious commitment to vice that goes beyond that of Monk Lewis's deluded Ambrosio. The novel's most daring aspect is its anatomy of Victoria's intense sexual attraction to her Moorish servant Zofloya that transgresses taboos both of class and race.