Today in Masonic History

Today in Masonic History Giacomo Girolamo Casanova passes away in 1798.

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was an Italian adventurer and writer.

Casanova was born on April 2nd 1725 in Venice, Italy. Venice at the time of Casanova’s birth was a city on the “must” list for any young European man on his Grand Tour, a tradition of traveling around Europe. It is probably the environment of Venice which helped to form who Casanova later became. By his own description Casanova’s parents were disinterested in him. He was largely raised by his grandmother before being sent away to a boarding school. In his memoirs he wrote of his being shipped off to boarding schools as “So they got rid of me.” At boarding school he was taken in by a priest and his family. The priest taught at the boarding school. It was in the priest’s home where Casanova had his first sexual experience at the age of 11 with the priest’s younger sister, who was still much older than Casanova. In 1742, Casanova graduated from the University of Padua with a law degree, which Casanova hated but utilized it through much of his life.

Casanova joined Freemasonry on his first trip to Paris. He was fascinated by the rituals of the fraternity. He used his masonic connections over and over again as he traveled around Europe and tried to ingratiate himself to the local nobility. Casanova was a member of Lodge of the Duke of Clermont.

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