Gatteschi, Ferdinando Luigi

BORN c1813 - DIED c.1875

Son of an Italian nobleman. He fought together with the carbonari and found some kind of a patron in Mary Shelley, who gave him money. She was probably infatuated with him, because when she inherited money after the death of her stepfather Sir Timothy Shelley he tried to blackmail her with 'love letters' that she had sent him. The writer A.A. Knox - a friend of the Shelleys - managed to grab the letters away from him in 1845, aided by the Paris police.

In 1848 he returned to Italy because of the revolution. He was appointed to the Tuscan National Council and later he was elected Deputy for Arezzo. In later years he visited Mary's stepsister Claire Clairmont in Florence.

Related persons
• has a connection with Shelley, Mary

0/7/1843First meeting of Mary Shelley and Gatteschi [Shelley, Mary]
10/10/1845The letters that he used to blackmail Mary Shelley are taken from Gatteschi. This took place in France. [Shelley, Mary]

• Spark, Muriel, Mary Shelley, Constable, London, 1988
• Sunstein, Emily W., Mary Shelley, Romance and Reality, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1989

Gaudi, Leopold Otto, Freiherr von

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 02 Jul 2022