An ancient seaport of Genoa, whence the marble quarried in the
neighbourhood is called “marmo lunense.” (Orlando Furioso.)
Conte di Luna.
Garzia, brother of Count Luna, had two sons. One day a gipsy was
found in their chamber, and being seized, was condemned to be burnt
alive. The daughter of the gipsy, out of revenge, vowed vengeance, and
stole Manrico, the infant son of Garzia. It so fell out that the count
and Manrico both fell in love with the Princess Leonora, who loved
Manrico only. Luna and Manrico both fall into the hands of the count,
and are condemned to death, when Leonora promises to “give herself” to
Luna, provided he liberates Manrico both fall into the hands of the
count, and are condemned to death, when Leonora promises to “give
herself” to Luna, provided he liberates Manrico. The count accepts the
terms, and goes to the prison to fulfil his promise, when Leonora dies
from poison which she has sucked from a ring. Soon as Manrico sees that
Leonora is dead, he also dies. (Verdi: Il Trovatore
, an opera.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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