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History of Casanova

Giacomo Casanova (1725-1778) Famous 18th Century Venetian adventurer whose name has become synonymous with seduction.ailable.Casanova's extraordinary life carried him across the breadth of Europe in all kinds of scandalous adventures which he memorialized in his "Histoire de Ma Vie"- perhaps the most fascinating source for the social history of the Enlightenment. During his travel Casanova made and lost fortunes and encountered many famous personalities such as the pope, Voltaire, Rousseau and Mozart.

Born in Venice to a family of actors. Casanova started his career in Padua where he studied for the priesthood. His licentious behaviour there resulted in expulsion whence he travelled to Rome to become the secretary to a cardinal. More scandals followed and he moved on to Venice where he made his way by defrauding wealthy socialites with occult tricks a la Cagliostro. The Inquisition in Venice convicted him of witchcraft in 1755 and he was led across the Bridge of Sighs and imprisoned in II Plumbi (The Leads) a famous prison attached to the doge's palace. He escaped and fled to France where he sensationalized the exploit by a pamphlet that made him into a minor celebrity. In Paris he used the name Jacques Casanova and styled himself the "Chevalier de Seingali" There he made the fortune by starting a lottery. This success was not to last and his restless genius led him to other countries and adventures. Impecunious at the end he retired in 1785 to become the librarian to the Count of Waldstein in the castle of Dux, Bohemia (now Duchcov, Czech Republic) where he died on June 4,1798.

Ironically, Casanova is these days considered the epitome of voracious heterosexuality. In fact, like most "rakes" in his days, Casanova had an active bisexual sex-life. While he certainly seems to have preferred women, his few relationships with men were more emotional and lasting.

Condoms: The oldest illustration of condom was found in Egypt and dates back more than 3,000 years. It is difficult to judge from drawing what the ancient Egyptian wearing the condom had in mind. He may have worn it for sexual or ritual reasons. Some claim that, in later times, the Romans made condoms from the muscle tissue of warriors they defeated in battle. Condoms were discovered in foundations of the Dudley Castle near Birmingham, England. They were made of fish and intestine and dated back to 1640. They were probably used to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted infections of war between the forces of Oliver Cromwell and soldiers loyal to King Charles I.

Historians disagree about how condoms got their name. Some say a "Dr.Condom" supplied King Charles II of England animal tissue sheaths to keep him from fathering illegitimate children and getting diseases from prostitutes. Others claim word comes from a "Dr. Condon" or a "Colonel Cundum" It may more likely that the word derives from the Latin word meaning "receptacle"

In the 18th Century, the famous womanizer Casanova wore condoms made of linen, Rubber condoms were mass - produced after 1844 when Charles Goodyear patented the vulcanization of rubber, which he invented five years earlier. Condoms of sheep's intestines are still available.