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§660. Francis-Joseph I; Count of Cavour; Napoleon III (1848-1859): VIII-31.

VIII-31 (§660):

The first great fruit of the prince of Pesquiere,
But then shall come a very cruel & malign one,
Inside Venice he shall lose his proud glory
And be put to trouble by a more joyful Celin.


(Premier grand fruit le prince de Pesquiere
Mais puis viendra bien & cruel malin,
Dedans Venise perdra sa gloire fiere
Et mys à mal par plus joyue Celin.)

Notes: Premier grand fruit le prince de Pesquiere: Le prince is in the case of regime (cas-régime, oblique case) equal to of the prince (cf. Shimaoka,p.11).

The prince of Pesquiere: Francis-Joseph I, Emperor of Austria (1848-1916), Pesquiere (Peschiera del Garda) being one of the Austrian quadrilateral fortifications of Venetia (Verona, Mantua, Legnago and Peschiera) (cf. HH, IX, p.599).

The first great fruit of the prince of Pesquiere: His first grand victory against Charles-Albert of Sardinia: «On the 25th of July [1848], on a hot summer day Count Radetzky gained a victory at Custozza which established Austria’s military glory in the most brilliant fashion.» (HH, id.). 

A very cruel & malign one: Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1810-1861), malign in Nostradamus being « the chacacter of a man of ruse and fineness, an intelligent» (Petit Robert), i.e., a statesman. « Cavour, the man of devious ways and unidealistic views » (HH, IX, p.610); « The count Camillo Benso di Cavour had been born in 1810, two years later than Mazzini. He had not yet entered upon his ministerial career, but was writing articles for the Risorgimento, which at Turin opposed the Mazzinistic journal Concordia, and was devoting himself to political and economical studies. It is impossible to speak of Mazzini and Cavour without remembering the third great regenerator of Italy, Giuseppe Garibaldi. At this date he was in exile; but a few years later he returned, and began his career of popular deliverance in Lombardy. Mazzini the prophet, Garibaldi the knight-errant, and Cavour the statesman, of Italian independence, were all natives of the kingdom of Sardinia. But their several positions in it were so different as to account in no small measure for the very divergent parts they played in the coming drama. Mazzini was a native of Genoa, which ill tolerated the enforced rule of Turin. Graribaldi came from Nice, and was a child of the people. Cavour was born in the midst of that stiff aristocraticul society of old Piedmont which has been described so vividly by D'Azeglio in his Ricordi. The Piedmontese nobles had the virtues and the defects of English country squires in the last century. Loyal, truthful, brave, hard-headed, tough in resistance, obstinately prejudiced, they made excellent soldiers, and were devoted servants of the crown. Moreover, they hid beneath their stolid exterior greater political capacity than the more genial and brilliant inhabitants of southern and central Italy.

Cavour came of this race and understood it. But he was a man of exceptional quality. He had the genius of statesmanship — a practical sense of what could be done, combined with rare dexterity in doing it, fine diplomatic and parliamentary tact, and noble courage in the hour of need. Without the enthusiasm, amounting to the passion of a new religion, which Mazzini inspired, without Garibaldi’s brilliant achievements, and the idolatry excited by this pure-hearted hero in the breasts of all who fought with him and felt his sacred fire, there is little doubt that Cavour would not have found the creation of United Italy possible. But if Cavour had not been there to win the confidence, support, and sympathy of Europe, if he had not been recognised by the body of the nation as a man whose work was solid and whose sense was just in all emergencies, Mazzini's efforts would have run to waste in questionable insurrections, and Garibaldi's feats of arms must have added but one chapter more to the history of unproductive patriotism. While, therefore, we recognise the part played by each of these great men in the liberation of their country, and while we willingly ignore their differences and disputes, it is Cavour whom we must honour with the title of the maker of United Italy.» (HH, IX, p.590-591).

Joyue: Most probably joyeux, Merry, joyful.

A more joyful Celin: Napoleon III, Celin being a variant of Selin, which means in Nostradamus by virtue of its resemblance to Selene (Σελήνη), the Greek goddess of the Moon (= Diana): 1° Diane de Poitiers, elder mistress of Henry II (II-79, VI-58), 2° Henry II himself (IV-77, VI-27, VIII-54), 3° his wife Catherine de Médicis (VI-78), 4° the dynasty of the last Valois (VI-42, X-53), 5° the Bay of Biscay shaped like a crescent moon (I-94, II-1, IV-23, V-35; cf. Leoni, 1961, p.261) and C of Celin refers to Cavour, therefore, Celin may indicate a French top leader allied with Cavour, that is to say, Napoleon III. In fact, « Napoleon III no longer gave an impression of, as in the early days of his presidency, a dull and indifferent uprooted adventurer, and became acquainted with France and had confidence in the future. He used to talk little and listen without saying anything, but those who approched him found him gentle, affable and kind, and with simple ways and language. Hübner in 1853 wrote that he "knows how to be charming when he wants and very talkative when it is pleasing for him to be out of his habitual solemnity".» (Seignobos, 1921a, p.245).

Inside Venice he [the prince of Pesquiere] shall lose his proud glory And be put to trouble by a more joyful Celin: « After the brilliant affair of Montebello, which defeated an attempted surprise on the part of the Austrians, the Franco-Piedmontese army concentrated round Alessandria; then by a bold and skilful movement turned the right of the Austrians, who had already passed the Ticino, and compelled them to recross that river. Caught between the army corps of General MacMahon and the guard at Magenta, the Austrians lost 7,000 killed or wounded and 8,000 prisoners (June 4th [1859]). Two days later the French regiments entered Milan. The enemy, astounded at so rude a shock, abandoned his first line of defence, where, however, he had long been accumulating powerful means of action and resistance. He retired on the Adda, after vainly making a momentary stand at the already famous town of Marignano and on the Mincio, behind the illustrious plains of Castiglione and between the two fortresses of Peschiera and Mantua; then he took up his position, backed by the great city of Verona as an impregnable base. The emperor of Austria, with a new general and considerable reinforcements, had arrived there to await the French army. The Austrians had long studied this battlefield; there were 160,000 of them ranged on the heights with their centre at the village and tower of Solferino, and ready to descend on the French in the plain. Napoleon III had scarcely 140,000 men available, and was obliged to fight on a line extending over five leagues. Whilst the right wing was struggling against the enemy in the plain in order to prevent itself from being turned, and King Victor Emmanuel with his Piedmontese was bravely resisting on the left, the centre delivered a vigorous attack, and after a heroic struggle successively carried Mount Fenile, the mount of the cypresses, and finally the village of Solferino. The enemy's line was broken; his reserves, before they could come into action, were attained by the balls from the new rifled cannon of the French. All fled in frightful confusion; but a fearful storm, accompanied by hail and torrents of rain, stopped the victors and permitted the Austrians to recross the Mincio; they left twenty-five thousand men put out of action. In the evening the emperor Napoleon took up his headquarters in the very room which Francis Joseph had occupied in the morning (June 24th). Twice a conqueror, the emperor suddenly offered peace to his enemy. Italy was freed, although a portion of Italian territory, namely Venetia, still remained in the hands of Austria.» (HH, XIII, p.136).
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