La Sanfelice

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La Sanfelice
AuthorAlexandre Dumas
GenreHistorical novel
Publication date
Media typePrint

La Sanfelice (or La San Felice) is an 1864 novel by the French writer Alexandre Dumas.[1] It depicts the arrest and execution in Naples of Luisa Sanfelice, who was accused of conspiring with the French and their supporters against Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies during the French Revolutionary War. Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, who were in Naples at the time, also feature as characters.

Film adaptations[edit]

In 1942 the novel was used as the basis for the historical film Luisa Sanfelice directed by Leo Menardi. The 1968 film Emma Hamilton directed by Christian-Jaque was also loosely based on the novel.


  1. ^ Maxwell p.275


  • Maxwell, Richard. The Historical Novel in Europe, 1650-1950. Cambridge University Press, 2012.