The betrothed italian i promessi sposi i promessi spzi is an italian historical novel by alessandro manzoni first published in 1827 in three volumes it has been called the most famous and widely read novel in the italian language. Set in lombardy during the spanish occupation of the late 1620s the betrothed tells the story of two young lovers renzo and lucia prevented from marrying by the petty tyrant don rodrigo who desires lucia for himself. A vigorous portrayal of enduring passion the betrotheds exploration of love power and faith presents a whirling panorama of seventeenth century italian life and is one of the greatest european historical novels. Alrosa the mining company is mounting a campaign to tell the tale of its stones journeys from mines deep beneath the ground on to the fingers of betrothed couples around the world andrew e kramer new york times a diamond giant plays up its russian ties to appeal to americans 11 july 2018
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