The Cenci by Alexandre Dumas

This antiquarian book contains Alexandre Dumas’s work, “The Cenci”.

It was first published as part of his eight-volume series, ‘Celebrated Crimes’ (1839 – 1840), and recounts the shocking story of the Cenci family. Extremely powerful and well-known in sixteenth century Rome, the story of the Cenci is one of the most gruesome in Roman History, one that is expertly and authentically retold here by the master story-teller Alexandre Dumas.

Beatrice Cenci was the daughter of an aristocrat, Francesco Cenci, who, due to his violent temper and immoral behaviour, found himself in trouble with papal justice more than once. Beatrice herself was famous as the protagonist in events leading to a lurid murder trial in Rome – that gave rise to an enduring legend about the family…

Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was a famous French writer. He is best remembered for his exciting romantic sagas, including “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Despite making a great deal of money from his writing, Dumas was almost perpetually penniless thanks to his extravagant lifestyle. The works of Alexandre Dumas have since been translated into nearly a hundred different languages, and have inspired over two hundred motion pictures.

Many vintage texts such as “The Cenci” are becoming increasingly rare and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now, in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.


Here, at Alexandre Dumas Works, you can find the best of this of this scintillating author’s historical novels, essays, plays, and travel books.

We also have a biography of Alexandre Dumas, recounting a personal life almost as tumultuous as the fiction he penned, as well as a constantly updated selection of his quotes, anecdotes, and wisdom.

Through republishing works such as ‘The Cenci – by Alexandre Dumas’, it is hoped that the writing of this most widely read of French authors, can continue to delight – almost two centuries after its initial publication.