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Giacomo Casanova AKA Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt AKA Chevalier de Seingalt AKA Count de Farussi (using his mother's maiden name); AKA Chevalier of the Papal Order of the Eperon d’Or, 1761

Italy 1725 – 1794 or 1798

Comments: Musician; Lover; Freemason; Qabalist; Rosicrucian; Alchemy; escaped notorious Leads Prison on the night of 31 October 1756, adding notoriety;


Students: Count Joseph Karl von Waldstein; Gabriele D'Annunzio ; Roald Dahl; H. G. Wells;

Friends: Comte de Saint-Germain; ; Ben Franklin; Voltaire; Frederick the Great; Catherine the Great; Father Balbi; Madame de Pompadour; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean le Rond d'Alembert; Pope Clement XIII ; Prince Charles de Ligne; Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart’s librettist; Nancy Grahl, mistress of Da Ponte; Alviso Malipiero; Matteo Giovanni Bragadin; M. de Rochebaron, Freemason initiator; Marquise d’Urfe; Voltaire ; Count Gian Giacomo Marcel a Gamba de la Perosa; Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke; Marianne Charpil; Count Josef Karl von Waldstein; Fanny Murray aka Fanny Hill, heroine of Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland; Catherine Maria Fisher aka Kitty Fisher aka the heroine of The Uncommon Adventures of Miss Kitty F****r, 1759 and likely The juvenile adventures of Miss Kitty F-r; Madame Justine Paris; Cardinal Brancafarte; Tobias Boas, 1696- 1782; Duke of Zweibrücken ; Count Adam Lewenhaupt; Marquise d’Urfé, 1758; Claude-Antoine-Gabriel de Choiseul, his spymaster, 1760 - 1838; Count Philip Zinzendorf, perhaps the son of Baron von Zinnendorf aka Johann Wilhelm von Zinzendorf aka Eques a lapide nigro, the Knight of the Black Stone, (1731-1782) ; Thomas Hope aka Mr. D.O; his niece Lucy aka Esther; his actual father was likely Michele Grimani;

Enemies: Cagliostro; Marquise d'Urfé ; Colonel Count Franciszek Ksawery Branicki; Voltaire;

Organizations: Freemasonry

Author: Histoire de ma vie;

Quotes: "Pleasure, pleasure, pleasure"

Quotes about him: " Don Giovanni was plainly modeled on (Lorenzo) da Ponte’s pal Casanova"

Resources:;; Casanova by W.Bro. Joe David, OBE, PPrSGD, LGR, 2005; listen to the Memoirs here - ; ; ;;