“Lorenzo da Ponte at your service.” He took me gently by the elbow and urged me on. “Everybody calls me Larry.”
Abbé Prevost: Antoine François Prévost (1697-1763), novelist best known for the story of Manon Lescaut.
Acquaviva: Claudio Acquaviva, fifth Father General of the Jesuits, (1543-1615).
Adam, Father Adam Eckhardt SJ: Priest in the Jesuit College of Saint Michael in Munich.
Albrecht: Guard in Munich.
Angiolo Tiepolo: Lover of Larry da Ponte.
Anni Nachtigall: Maid to Camilla in Sweet Nightingale..
Antelini: Intelligencer working for Donato Zane.
Antonia: Wife of Detlef Oswieck.
Arrigo Benzon: Second in command to Corona Mundt.
August Rathenau: Sophie’s father-in-law (1704–1764).
Aurelia Rathenau: Aunt (1699– ) of Gustl.
Becca: Jewish citizen in Ghetto.
Benno Nierhaus: Policeman working for Franz Bergauer.
Bettina Schmidtke Hunger: Maid to Aurelia.
Camilla Mereau Bergauer: Long-term friend of Sophie, living in Vienna with husband Franz.
Carlo: Gunman working for Corona Mundt.
Casanova: Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725–1798), celebrated Venetian adventurer and roué, mentor to Mozart’s librettist Lorenzo da Ponte.
Catherine “The Great”: Empress of Russia 1762–1796.
Cesare: Cesare Innocenti, business brain of Theo Weydmann at the Versailles Club.
Charlotte Rathenau: Sophie’s sister-in-law (1739-) and sister of Luzie Rathenau.
Chiara: Sister of Cesare Innocenti.
Cimarosa: Italian opera composer.
Clement XIV: Pope 1769-1774, “Ganganelli”.
Colloredo: Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, usually remembered for his autocratic treatment of Mozart.
Corona Mundt: A moneylender who menaced Sophie in Venice.
Daun: Count Leopold Joseph von Daun, veteran of the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years’ War.
Detlef Oswieck: Timber merchant in Munich.
Diderot: French philosophe and art critic.
Dietrich Hofer: Tyrolean organiser of Graben nymphs for Theo Weydmann at the Versailles Club.
Donato Zane: Assistant to Ottavio Renucci.
Dschingiz Balıkcıoğlu: Or Balyckschjollu, principal enforcer of the Versailles Club in Vienna.
Elfi: Slum tenant in Sweet Nightingale..
Elise: Elise Gräfin von Neydling, friend of Isabella.
Ernst Rathenau: Sophie’s brother-in-law.
Eva: Maid to Luca von Ahns.
Ezio: Gunman working for Corona Mundt.
Fanni Werthenheimer: Jewish heiress living at the Naglergasse end of the Graben, generally responsible for any of Sophie’s exotic or improbable tastes or practices, such as depilation.
Filipe Benucci: A kidnapped Venetian child Sophie failed to rescue.
Fosca: Pupil of Larry da Ponte.
Francis Xavier: 1506-1552. Companion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, co-founder of the Society of Jesus, whose tireless missions to convert the benighted in Asia are recalled with appreciation to this day.
Franz Bergauer: Lieutenant in the Viennese Rumorwache and husband of Sophie’s friend Camilla.
Franz von der Trenck: Corrupt and brutal leader of fearsome Pandours, imprisoned for life by Maria Theresia, the Empress in whose service he fought.
Franz-Karl Bergauer: Young son of Camilla and Franz Bergauer.
Frau Körner: Lätizie Körner, Sophie’s landlady at the Black Whale.
Frederick of Prussia: Frederick II, later “the Great.”
Garzone: Intelligencer working for Donato Zane.
Georg Wilsdorf: Sophie’s driver in The Prussian Dispatch.
Gianni: Nephew of Cesare Innocenti..
Gidon/Gideon Wolff: Sophie’s maternal grandfather.
Girolamo da Ponte: Brother of Larry da Ponte.
Gozzi: Carlo Gozzi, litterateur and friend of Larry da Ponte.
Gluck: German composer of French and Italian operas.
Graben nymph: Prostitute.
Graf von Falkenstein: The name under which Emperor Joseph II often travelled.
Gramann: police assistant in Munich.
Granitz, Luitpold Zvonimir von Granitz-Wolfsberg: Imperial Prince and Chancellor of the Habsburg Empire.
Gustl: August (“Gustl”) Graf von Rathenau (1736–1765); Sophie’s late husband, artillery major, ennobled for his part in Battle of Kolin in 1757.
Haugwitz: Carla Baronin von Haugwitz, friend of Isabella.
Hanna: Child in care of the Ursuline Order in Venice.
Hedwig: Maid to Detlef Oswieck.
Herbst: Jailer in Munich.
Herr Korner: Pankraz Körner, Sophie’s landlord at the Black Whale.
Hildegard von Bingen: The remarkable twelfth-century Rhineland abbess and polymath, whose medicinal insights are still well regarded by many today
Horvath, Justus: Provost in Vienna’s Rumorwache, concerned with the physical disciplining of Rumorwache personnel.
Ignatius Loyola: Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), founder and first Father General of the Society of Jesus.
Ignaz Süssmayr: Sophie’s grandfather (1697–1762)
Isabella: Archduchess Maria Isabella Amalia Christina von Habsburg
Joseph II: Son (1741–1790) of Empress Maria Theresia, reigning jointly with his mother from his father’s death in 1765 and alone after Maria Theresia’s death in 1780.
Katharina Süssmayr Rathenau: Sophie and Gustl’s still-born daughter.
Katharina Wichowa Rathenau: Sophie’s mother-in-law (1710–1765).
Leni Vossler: Sophie’s friend, a waitress in Stachus’s Munich beerhall in Lay Brothers.
Lorenzo da Ponte: Aspiring librettist, known as Larry.
Loretto: Giacomo Loretto, Munich City Council Member for Security.
Luca, Baron Luca von Ahns: Police captain in Munich.
Lucia: Pupil of Larry da Ponte.
Luisa: Luisa Hofer, maid to Isabella, brother of Dietrich Hofer of the Versailles Club.
Luzie Rathenau: Sophie’s sister-in-law (1741– ) and sister to Charlotte Rathenau.
Manzuoli: Giovanni Manzuoli, castrato soprano celebrated for his powerful voice.
Mare Innocenti: Mother of Cesare Innocenti.
Margaret Mary: An extreme ascetic, beatified in 1920, whose visions of Christ focussed on his “Sacred Heart”; a form of devotion encouraged by the Jesuits.
Maria Theresia: The “Kayserin,” Empress-Queen of Austria and Hungary and the Habsburg Crown Lands, and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor, Joseph II.
Marie: Sophie’s affectionate name for the Blessed Virgin.
Matthias Klostermayr: A notorious Bavarian bandit.
Max Joseph: Maximillian III Joseph, Prince-Elector of Bavaria 1745 to 1777. A Prince-Elector (Kurfürst) voted on candidates for Holy Roman Emperor.
Michael the archangel: In Christian tradition, Michael is given the task of casting Satan from Heaven.
Migazzi: Christoph Anton Migazzi, Prince-Archbishop of Vienna (1756–1803).
Mirko Kružić: Ex-Pandour captain in the service of Corona Mundt,
Missier Grande: Chief of Venice’s secret police.
Monika: Maid to Johann Weishaupt.
Narcysa Bajorek: Graben nymph in he Prussian Dispatch.
Omi: Sophie’s grandmother, Celi Schaidl Süssmayr.
Ottavio Renucci: Ambassador of Maria Theresia in Venice,
Pandour: Croat irregulars, with a reputation for boldness, ferocity, and lawlessness, who fought for Maria Theresia against Frederic the Great.
Pasqueta: Waitress working in Caffé Menegazzi.
Pavo Kružić: Son of Mirko Kružić.
Petra: Sister of Anni Nachtigall.
Piccinni: Composer of L’Olimpiade.
Renate: Wife of Giacomo Loretto.
Rindfleisch: Joachim Rindfleisch, police assistant in Munich.
Roswitha: Graben nymph in The Prussian Dispatch.
Rousseau: Author of the fanous Confessions.
Roxelana: Wife of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
Rudolf Patzac, aka Rudolf Zankl: A pimp working for Dietrich Hofer at the Versailles Club.
Rumorwache: Forerunner of Vienna’s police.
Sabine: Sabine Waldeck, nurserymaid to Camilla Bergauer, later friend of Sophie and eventual owner and renovator of the Black Whale.
Saint John Nepomuk: Martyred in 1393 for keeping inviolate the secrets of the confessional.
Saint Kümmernis: Though venerated throughout Europe, this saint appears to have been quite mythical, her beard probably deriving from figures of Jesus in robes assumed to be feminine.
Saint Notburga: Medieval saint from the Tyrol, patroness of servants and peasants.
Saint Ursula: Patroness of Sophie’s school in Salzburg. According to legend, she was martyred by Attila the Hun, along with her entourage of 11,000 virgins.
Sam: Samaritano Zapatero, unemployed Venetian shoemaker.
Sandro Longhi: Venetian portrait painter, son of the famous Pietro Longhi.
Schreiber, Father Josef Maria Schreiber SJ: Father Rector of the Jesuit College of Saint Michael in Munich.
Sepp: Joseph Granitz, son of Prince Granitz.
Serafina: Waitress in the Munich beerhall where Sophie works in Lay Brothers.
Sister Angela: Teacher of Sophie’s at Saint Ursula’s school in the Aigen district of Salzburg. “Mother” in Serene.
Sister Infirmarian: Medical practitioner of the Ursuline Order in Venice.
Sister Portress: Gatekeeper of the Ursuline Order in Venice.
Sobieski: Jan Sobieski, King of Poland 1674–1696, in command of Polish, Austrian, and German allies against Ottoman forces under Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa.
Sophie: Sophie (zo-FEE) Maria Gräfin von Rathenau, née Süssmayr. Known aliases: Kunigund Gräfin Lobkowitz; Maria Süssmayr; Maria von Ilzing; Zaynab bint Mahmudi; Leonore Chiasmus; Mariechen; Marerl; Sonja; Sisi Rathenau; Serena Rathenau.
Stachus Föderl: Owner of the Munich beerhall where Sophie works in Lay Brothers.
Stanislas Poniatowski: King of Poland 1764–1795.
Tasso: Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), Italian epic poet.
Theo Weydmannn: Criminal boss of the Versailles Club.
Thurn and Taxis: Noble family of Italian extraction who became well known for developing postal services.
Treinel: Cook in the Munich beerhall where Sophie works in Lay Brothers.
Verena: Sister of Aurelia, Verena Rathenau Mühr (1702–1769).
Viktor: Husband of Anni Nachtigall in Sweet Nightingale.
Voltaire: The celebrated French philosophe and free thinker.
Weishaupt: Johann Weishaupt, gentleman scholar in Munich
Wielopolska, Countess Anna: Polish activist.
Winckelmann: Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the famous antiquarian (1717–1768).
Xaver: Xaver Rautzen, Granitz’ secretary or “reader”.
Zuzanna Braunwald: Polish Graben nymph, the “Polin.”