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L'uomo che si credeva re di Francia

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È il 1354. Il ricco mercante Giannino viene convocato in Campidoglio da Cola di Rienzo, che gli si getta ai piedi e gli rivela: "Voi siete il legittimo re di Francia, vittima di uno scambio in culla avvenuto pochi giorni dopo la vostra nascita". La grande Storia travolge la vita del tranquillo mercante senese. Nel pieno della Guerra dei Cento Anni, Giannino rivendica il pr ...more
Hardcover, I Robinson. Letture, 286 pages
Published (first published September 15th 2008)
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Melisende d'Outremer
Interesting - a switched-at-birth story based in France during the reign of King Philip IV and his sons.

The first five chapters of the book deal with the story of Giannino di Guccio who is told that he is the real King of France, though switched at birth, by Colia di Rienzo, Senator (sometime Dictator) of Rome. We follow Giannino as he leaves his home in Siena to set out to prove (by what ever means) that he is indeed Jean I, King of France.

France at this period was locked in a bitter struggle w
This is an intriguing little book, part history and part historiography. In the first part of The Man Who Believed He Was King of France, Falconieri recounts the tale of Giannino di Guccio, a fourteenth century Sienese merchant who was persuaded to believe he was the lost heir of Louis X of France, switched at birth with the illegitimate son of a travelling Italian. Persuaded of his birthright, di Guccio embarked on an ultimately ruinous journey in an attempt to persuade his royal "relations" of ...more
Imagine finding out at age 35 that you had been switched at birth with a merchant's son, and that you were the son of the King of France and heir to the disputed throne. Truth? Legend? Fiction? This is a novel based on the historical account (and legend) of Giannino di Guccio (aka John I of France).
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