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The Bourbons of Naples
Before the unification of Italy in 1870, Naples was the capital of the largest of the separate Italian kingdoms. This book discusses the ruling European dynasty, the Bourbons of Naples, founded by Charles, son of King Philip V of Spain and grandson of Louis XIV of France, the Sun King.
Paperback, 750 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Trafalgar Square Publishing
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I wish this book was back in print. However, it was worth the $100, and reading something rare seems more pleasurable (an involuntary justification of the expenditure, probably). Being in Naples now, I see that the Bourbons shaped the city as we know it, and all previous local history now appears framed by the events and achievements of this era. Reading about the earliest excavations of Herculaneum and the politics connected to it provided the best perspective on the place just before visiting. ...more
Aug 29, 2014 Chase Insteadman Mountbatten rated it really liked it · review of another edition
"On the 20th [of December, 1798] another large mob gathered before the palace, shouting for arms to defend the King and themselves, and for permission to kill the Jacobins and the French. The spectacle of such mass excitement was far from reassuring to the Royal Family, who began to regard their palace as a prison. Next morning the Royal Messenger Ferreri was mistaken for a French spy and dragged under the King's balcony where he was butchered by the mob, howling "Death to the Jacobin!" The King ...more
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