Keywords: Giovanni Testori, I Promessi sposi alla prova, La peste di Milano, Carlo Borromeo, Alessandro Manzoni, Plague.
Giovanni Testori started working on I Promessi sposi alla prova in 1982 a few
months after he began the composition of the novel In Exitu; his collection of
articles La maestà della vita was also published the same year. Although in different
ways, these three works deal with the theme of plague and tackle a prominent
figure such as the archbishop of Milan Carlo Borromeo (1538-1584). This
essay examines the connections between these works and traces the reasons for
Testori’s rewriting of Alessandro Manzoni’s novel The Betrothed by analyzing his
1965 preface to Carlo Borromeo’s Memoriale ai milanesi (written after the plague
in 1576-77) and his unpublished play La peste di Milano (1975).