The Works of Charles Follen
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Charles Follen
Excerpt from book: LECTURE II. FIESCO. The second play that Schiller wrote is the " Conspiracy of Fiesco," of which I shall now give an outline. The conspiracy by which Gian Luigi de' Fieschi, Count of Lavagna, with the aid of his brothers and his intimate friends, Calcagno, Verrina, and Sacco, in the year 1547, attempted a change in the government of Genoa, is the subject of this play. Genoa, though it preserved the form of a republic, was at that time under the firm control of the great general, Andrea Doria, and the despotic sway of his nephew, Gian- nettino Doria, who, by his overbearing conduct, screened by the authority of his uncle Andrea, then the Doge of the republic, had alienated the hearts of many of the people, as well as the nobility, from the house of Doria. The main part of the plot of the drama, some of the characters, particuarly those of Fiesco and his wife Leonora, and the two Dorias, besides some of the incidents, such as the banquet at Fiesco's house, and the fact that his wife warned him against his undertaking, and some minor circumstances, are taken from history. First Act. First Scene. Hall at the palace of Fiesco. The distant sound of music and dancing is heard from a ball-room. Leonora pours forth to Rosa and Arabella, her attendants, the deep grief of her heart, at seeing her husband slighting her devoted love, carried away by the seductive charms of Julia Imperial!, the proud sister of Giannettino Doria. She speaks of her deceived hopes and dreams full of promise. " When I stood before the altar with Fiesco, my hand in his, I then had a thought, a thought forbidden to woman, this Fiesco, this your Fiesco will save Genoa from its tyrants." Second Scene. Giannettino Doria masked, coming from the ballroom in conversation with a Moor. Giannett...