Casanova first saw the light of day in 1725 in Venice, Italy. This city was already famous for its carnivals and free-spirited entertainment, which inevitably left an imprint on young Casanova. According to his memoirs, it was here that he lost his virginity at the age of eleven. It seems that people matured a little faster then than they do today.
Although he was literally enchanted by women after his first erotic experience, he did not devote all his time solely to seducing them. It is not well known, but Casanova was also a very good student.
He entered university at twelve and successfully completed it five years later. At seventeen, he could boast of a legal education, which opened many doors for him.
His Charm Led Him to Prison
Casanova was eloquent and simultaneously charming, which won him the favor of not only many wealthy men, but especially their wives. However, he did not focus only on young beauties, often courting older women as well. The reason was prosaic: he was making a living this way.
Ladies from high society definitely did not have to dig deep into their pockets and were happy to share their money, or rather their husbands' money, with Casanova.
Such an adventurous life, of course, had its pitfalls, and the world's most famous seducer often had to flee from castles and lavish villas through side doors or over balconies.
For his debauched behavior, Casanova even ended up in a prison cell, where he spent some time. Eventually, however, using a metal spike with which he managed to carve out a large enough hole to be able to crawl through, he finally escaped.
This experience, however, did not open his eyes much, and Casanova continued to use his charm to improve his standard of living. A mild calming came only with old age.
Working for Wallenstein
In the autumn of his life, Casanova moved to Bohemia, specifically to the small castle Duchcov, where he was tasked with managing a library. At first, he wasn't very eager to take on this job, but a lack of funds eventually forced him to accept it.
The person of Count Wallenstein, the lord of Duchcov, with whom the Venetian seducer had dealings, also played a significant role in this.
Although the Count favored Casanova, his subordinates had quite the opposite opinion. Verbal skirmishes and mutual pranks were a daily routine at Duchcov.
The biggest troubles he had were with the local manager, who, along with a servant, even exhibited a defaced portrait of Casanova. This act resulted in the manager being moved to another castle.