una storia di viaggi nel 1600 – The Unfortunate Traveller by Thomas Nash

Thomas Nash (1567 –  1601) English Elizabethan pamphleteer, playwright, poet and satirist,  was the son of the minister William Nashe and his wife Margaret.
His most famous work is  The Unfortunate Traveller: or, the Life of Jack Wilton (1594), a picaresque novel set during the reign of Henry VIII of England, and  another example of a story written as a diary.
Jack Wilton, protagonist and narrator, describes his adventures as a page (= paggio) during the wars against the French, and his f travels in Italy as page to the Earl of Surrey.
During his  travels, Jack sees  numerous atrocities, wars,  plague (= peste), and violences. He risks to be hanged (= impiccato) and also to be cut into pieces for an anatomy demonstration. The most terrible among his experiences is when Jack’s witness (= è testimone di) a brutal revenge:  an Italian forces another one him to pray to the devil and then shoots (= gli spara) him in the throat. This adventure makes  Jack decide to escape from Italy  and return to England.
There is a reference to Jack Wilton in the film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen where   Sir Jack Wilton stands in for the real figure of the Elizabethan spymaster (= spia) Sir Francis Walsingham and embodies  M of the late 16th century. M is the leader of a  group of special operatives called Prospero’s Men after the reign of  Elizabeth I.