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The Siege of Malta and Bizarro$
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Walter Scott and J. H. Alexander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624874

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624874.001.0001

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Historical Note on Bizarro

Historical Note on Bizarro

(p.464) Historical Note on Bizarro
The Siege of Malta and Bizarro

J. H. Alexander

Judy King

Graham Tulloch

Edinburgh University Press

Just before leaving Naples, Walter Scott resumed his Journal, which had been in abeyance for several weeks, and narrated the story which was to become the primary basis of his last piece of fiction, Bizarro. While Scott clearly based his novella on this oral account, he also incorporated into it another story told to him in Naples. Francesco Moscato, known as Il Bizzarro, was a real historical figure, who attracted his nickname by the ferocious extravagance of his character and behaviour. Scott retained the nickname for his fictional hero, but gave him a new Christian name and surname. At the time of Scott's visit to Naples in 1832, Francis' son, Ferdinand II, was king; born in 1810 and only recently ascended to the throne, he is the ‘present young king’ referred to in Bizarro.

Keywords:   Bizarro, Walter Scott, Naples, Francesco Moscato, Ferdinand II, Francis, Christian

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