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Roman Murder Mystery: The True Story of Pompilia

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Derek Parker unravels a tale of duplicity, treachery and betrayal set in the most romantic period of Italian history, when children were married off for gain and society condoned the murder of adulterous wives. It has intrigued everyone who has heard of it for over 300 years.
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Sutton Publishing
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Katie Winkler
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
very interesting read and extremely useful in my research as I begin working on my new play--an adaptation of Browning's Ring and the Book. Of particular interest is the last chapter, which is specifically related to Browning's book-length poem. I also find useful the areas where the author's account conflicts with Browning as well as the extensive bibliography. All helpful in research.

The book is also simply a good read. Well-written and intriguing as it tells of this tragic story of domestic
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Angela
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
an amazing true life historical mystery.
Vicki Kondelik
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Roman Murder Mystery by Derek Parker tells the true story of a murder case that was the talk of Rome in the late 17th century. In 1698, a middle-aged nobleman, Guido Franceschini, was executed for murdering his 18-year-old wife, Pompilia, and her parents, with the help of hired assassins. He claimed that Pompilia had committed adultery with a priest, and he was defending his honor. Many people, especially men, supported him because they believed a man had the right to kill his adulterous wife. B ...more
Carolyn
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This reads better than some fiction I've read. I would love to read a fictionalized account taking all of this into play, flesh out the characters a bit more, but for a purely historical accounting, this is fascinating.
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Derek Parker (born 1932) is a British writer and broadcaster. He is the author of numerous works on literature, ballet, and opera, and with his wife Julia Parker of several books about astrology. (Source: Wikipedia)