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									The Devil & Maria D'Avalos
Author: Victoria Hammond
Table of Contents

Preface1. Castello Aragonese2. The nuns' cemetery3. The Phlegraean fields4. Four carnival days5.
Marriage to Gesualdo6. Spaccanapoli7. Gesualdo Castle8. A stiletto, a secret9. Montevergine10. La
Sirena11. The garden of Do Garzia de Toledo12. Amalfi13. The secret palace14. The night of the
hunter15. The prince of musicEpilogue

An extraordinary true story of overheated love, desire, frenzied madness and flagellation in 16th century
Naples, The Devil and Maria D'Avalos tells the story of the mysterious Maria, reputedly one of the most
beautiful women of her time, and the violent death she came to at the hands of her third husband, 16th
century baroque composer, Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa.teeped in the overripe beauty, violence and
exoticism of sixteenth century Naples, this is the riveting story behind one of the most famous and
terrible murders in the history of the Renaissance.In 1590, the great and tormented composer Carlo
Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, murdered his beautiful wife Maria d'Avalos and her aristocratic lover.
Gesualdo was a character of Shakespearian proportions: nobleman, musical genius and, for the last
sixteen years of his life, madman or so it is alleged. With the chilling calculation of a hunter, he staged
the violent and bloody murder of the lovers like an opera. Yet far from ending his torment, in the years that
followed Gesualdo became increasingly persecuted by his furies and demons.Inspired by this story that
has haunted generations of Neapolitans and ignited the imaginations of artists the world over, Victoria
Hammond has written a lush and sensual evocation of love, desire and madness, vividly imagining the life
of the mysterious and seductive Maria, her tormented marriage to Carlo, and her affair with Fabrizio
Carafa, the handsomest and accomplished nobleman in Naples.
Author Bio
Victoria Hammond
Victoria Hammond holds a Master of Arts and has worked as a Director of the Shepparton Art Gallery
and Guest Curator at the National Gallery of Victoria. An award-winning author, she has written several
art catalogues and sponsored histories in addition to the critically acclaimed Letters from St Petersburg
(Allen & Unwin, 2004) and Visions of Heaven: the Dome in European Architecture (photographs by David
Stephenson; Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). Victoria is a full-time writer and art historian.

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