31 Oct: Casanova’s Prison Escape

One of Giacomo Casanova’s most famous deeds was his daring midnight, cross-rooftop escape from the dreaded “The Leads” prison in Venice on the night of October 31st, 1756.

Key to his escape plan was a Bible, a large iron bar and an oversized bowl of pasta.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly discuss why Casanova wasn’t thrilled about being moved to a new jail cell with a better view; explain why he had a little nap right in the middle of his jailbreak; and  consider the awkwardness of being such an indiscriminate shagger that you eventually accidentally end up in bed with your own daughter…

Further Reading:

• ‘How Casanova’s provocative memoir created a legend’ (BBC, 2016): https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20161108-how-casanovas-x-rated-memoir-created-a-legend 

• ‘Giacomo Casanova Breaks out of Prison’ (Odd Salon, 2016): https://oddsalon.com/jan-5-1757-giacomo-casanova-breaks-out-of-prison/ 

• ‘Fellini’s Casanova – The Escape’ (Produzioni Europee Associate, 1976):


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