§ 651. Francis-Joseph at Vigevano

19th century:
§651. Francis-Joseph at Vigevano (1859.4-7): VIII-3.

At the fortified castle of Viglonne and Resviers
Shall be pressed the next-born of Nancy after having pressed:
Within Turin shall be the first inflammation,
When Lyon shall be benumbed with bereavement.

(Au fort chasteau de Viglonne & Resviers
Serra serre le puisnay de Nancy:
Dedans Turin seront ards les premiers,
Lors que de dueil Lyon sera transy.)

Keys to the reading:
Viglonne: « Two maps of Theatrum orbis, published in 1570, show between Verceil and Milan one and the same place under the names of Viglian and Viglenanno. The modern maps name this place Vigevano.» (Torné-Chavigny, 1870, p.110);

The fortified castle of Viglonne: « Mac-Arthy: “Vigevano, city of the kingdom of Sardinia, one mile distant from the Ticino, border of the Lombardo-Venetian kingdom, with walls of half a mile of circuit and an old fortified castle, built upon a rock, etc. Population of 15,400”.» (Torné-Chavigny, id.);

Viglonne: « Bouillé: “Vigevano, Victum viæ [travelling provisions = a logistic base], an old fortified castle”.» « The minister of France to the minister of the foreign affairs: “ Turin, April 30. The Austrians, concentrated in Pavia, entered yesterday the Piedmontese territory. They are marching from Vigevano to Mortara”.» (Torné-Chavigny, id.);

Resviers: « Res viæ [necessities of travelling], synonym of victum viæ [travelling provisions], connoting a second sense of re viare, to retreat. The Austrians remained, one month long, in possession of Vigevano and of the countries they had occupied since their invasion to the Piedmontese territory. They were dislodged from Verceil on May 31. Three days later, they lost the battle of Baffalora or Magenta, which obliged them to recross the Ticino.» (Torné-Chavigny, id.) “ Resviers ” is not a distinct city, but in apposition to Viglonne, qualifying it as a logistic base, notwithstanding the inserted conjunction &, a sophisticated element by the Prophet;

Serra serre: = Il serra et sera serré (He pressed and shall be pressed);

The next-born of Nancy: The emperor of Austria Francis-Joseph: « In 1818, the aged emperor Ferdinand abdicates... His having no children the order of succession called to the supreme rank the archduke Francis, his brother, a man already in the decline of life. He had a son aged nearly 18. He determined to abdicate in favour of this young prince. In consequence, on the 2nd of December, 1848, Francis-Joseph mounted to the throne.» (Torné-Chavigny, id., p.111);

Turin: The capital of the kingdom of Sardinia, representing the whole country;

Ards: «Arderer, brûler (to burn), être passionnné pour (being passionate for)» (Torné-Chavigny, id.);

Lyon: The pope Pius IX, whose arms have a figure of lions (Vignois, 1910, p.252);

At the fortified castle of Viglonne and Resviers Shall be pressed the next-born of Nancy after having pressed: « Austria was pressing on Italy. She had played an equivocal part during the Crimean War, whilst the kingdom of Sardinia, the only independent and constitutional state in Italy, had not feared to join her young army to the Anglo-French troops. This circumstance had made France the natural protectress of Piedmont, and by consequence of Italy, of which this little kingdom was the last citadel. Thus when the emperor of Austria, Francis Joseph, in defiance of European diplomacy, passed the Ticino, France once more found herself face to face with this new aggressor and on the side of the oppressed. The war lasted scarcely two months. 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). Two days later the French regiments entered Milan.» (HH, XIII, p.135-136)

Within Turin shall be the first inflammation: « The misfortunes that had befallen Austria confirmed and strengthened Sardinia in its ideal of Italian unity, and helped to bring about the fall of the lesser Italian sovereignties. In April the archduke Leopold of Tuscany had been forced to leave Florence and place himself under the protection of Austria. A provisory government was established under the protectorate of the king of Piedmont. But this arrangement did not meet Napoleon's views. His secret design was to give the Tuscan throne to his cousin, Louis Napoleon, the son-in-law of Victor Emmanuel, that there might gradually grow up in Italy a circle of states tributary to France which would hinder the dream of Italian unity from ever being realised. Unionist enthusiasm had already burned too high, however, for political or diplomatic schemes to avail against it. All over the land the flag of united Italy was raised, and conjunction demanded with Sardinia. Bologna declared itself free from the pope and invoked the dictatorship of the king of Sardinia. Many other cities of the pontifical state followed this example, indeed the greater part of the pontifical possessions would have fallen away from Rome had not the terrible storming of Perugia by the pope's Swiss guard spread such dismay that Ancona, Ferara, and Ravenna for a while remained true.» (HH, IX, p.604-605)

When Lyon shall be benumbed with bereavement: « The Univers (June 26, 1859): “ We have reported the profound impression produced by the speech of Pius IX at the Sacred College on the anniversary of his exaltation to the sovereign pontificate. He repeated what he had often said that amidst the vicissitudes that overpowered him and the dangers seeming to enclose the Holy Chuch, he placed his confidence in the omnipotent God. Recalling, then, the formal and reiterated assurances of the emperor of the French to respect and to make respect the power of the Holy-See, He added that He relied upon the imperial word, that He was waiting with tranquility its effects. The Holy Father speedily sketched the drawing of the attempts of 1848, that happend to siege his palace, had assassinated his ministers, killed his secretary. He had to flee not to invite his enemies to commit the most detestable of the crimes.”»(Torné-Chavigny, id., p.111-112)

P. Guinard (2011, p.20) invites us to see one of the textual sources of this quatrain in the description by the Guide of the roads of France (Charles Estienne, Paris, 1552, p.48): « Sainct Michel, A main droicte fort chasteau [a fortified castle on the right]. Viglanne v. [ville = city] Resmiers v. Rivole v. ch.[chasteau = castle] Turin v. ch. arch.[archevêché = archbishopric] parl.[parlement = parliament]». But, we can find no castle nor fort in Viglanne nor in Resmiers. The first verse of the quatrain says that “At the fortified castle of Viglonne, a logistic base, ... ”, whose construction differs fundamentally from the plain enumeration of the Guide.
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Koji Nihei Daijyo

Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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