Garibaldi's Defence of the Roman Republic (1907)
by George Macaulay Trevelyan (9781459096165)

Garibaldi's Defence of the Roman Republic (1907)
 
George Macaulay Trevelyan
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 242
Category: Italy
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781459096165
ISBN-10: 1459096169



Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER V The Democratic Protest In Central Italy, October I848-february 1849?Murder Of Rossi?Formation Of Garibaldi's Legion?The Roman Republic 1 ' Yet, Freedom yet thy banner torn, but flying, Streams like the thunderstorm against the wind.' Childe Harold, iv. In the autumn of 1848, Garibaldi, having returned from his brief campaign in the Alps to the Piedmontese Riviera, was looking round for some other scene to which he and his companions could carry the ' People's War.' His eye fell first upon Sicily, still in arms against its king. Ferdinand II., King of Naples and Sicily, having by force and fraud recovered his absolute power on the mainland, was attempting to reduce the rebellious island by those methods of Turkish barbarism which won him the cognomen of Bomba.1 The residuary of the name and traditions of the great house of Bourbon, Ferdinand stands in history as the type of what all tyranny must come to at the last; from Louis XIV. to Bomba the step is not so long as it seems. In 1851, after he had re-established his power in every part of his dominions, he drew down on himself the terrible visitation of Gladstone, and was pilloried before Europe in the ' Letters to the Earl of Aberdeen.' But he died upon the throne, and it was his son who. in 1860, was chased out of his kingdoms by Garibaldi. 1 For this Chapter see large map of Central Italy at end of book. - Bomba means ' a shell.' The actual occasion when he won the name was at the destruction of Messina by bombardment, accompanied by massacre of the inhabitants without respect to age or sex, September 1-7, 1848. This was why he was called Bomba, and not, as a Clerical writer of to-day tells us, 'en raison de son embonpoint' (Bittard ties Portes, 140); King, i. 316; Tivaroni, Aust. iii. 335-350- ...

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