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Richard Osborne

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.001.0001

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Times of Barricades and Assassinations: Bologna, Florence, and Departure from Italy (1847–1855)

Times of Barricades and Assassinations: Bologna, Florence, and Departure from Italy (1847–1855)

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(p.139) Chapter Fourteen Times of Barricades and Assassinations: Bologna, Florence, and Departure from Italy (1847–1855)
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Richard Osborne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181296.003.0014

The Sicilian revolt in January 1848 set in train a series of uprisings throughout Europe. Bologna was quickly involved and, as inevitably happens at such times, matters quickly got out of hand. Hot-headed republicans, fellow-travelers, and marauding soldiery, some of it Sicilian in origin, were suspicious of “rich reactionaries,” among whose number Gioachino Rossini was unhappily counted. He had, in fact, signed a liberal, pro-nationalist petition to Cardinal Riario Sforza and made some modest contributions towards nationalist funds; but it was no secret that he was disturbed by much of the political violence, in particular by a series of arbitrary and uninvestigated assassinations which had taken place in Bologna. After a disturbance outside his house, he deposited his will with a local notary before beating a hasty retreat to Florence. His departure caused consternation in Bologna.

Keywords:   Sicilian revolt, Bologna, Gioachino Rossini, Riario Sforza, assassinations, Florence

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