The enormous success of Personal History will give this novel a good send-off. Its market is the German market (Jonathan Bishop, Suzy, etc.)--historical romance, based on an unfamiliar phase of European history, the Jacobin revolutionary fiasco in Naples, 1799. Louisa Sanfelice, caught in the webs of intrigue through her passion for the lawyer clerk, and sacrificed, is the central character, but famous and notorious figures of the period -- Lord Nelson, Lady Hamilton and others, play important parts. Not the usual type of adventure escape reading, it demands something of the reader by way of understanding and concentration.