§ 652. The victory of Magenta

19th century:
§652. The victory of Magenta (1859.6.4): VIII-12.

It shall appear close by Buffalora
The high and eminent toward, into Milan
The abbot of Foix with those of saint Maurice
Shall make the cheat clothed in rogue.

(Apparoistra au pres de Buffalorre
L’hault & procere entre dedans Milan
L’abbe de Foix avec ceux de saint morre
Feront la forbe abillez en vilan.)

Keys to the reading:
Procere: de procerus in Latin, «high, tall» (W);

Entre: As preposition, between [Buffalora and] Milan, therefore “ toward Milan ” with another preposition dedans (into). ‘Entre’ as a verb (to enter in the single third person of the present) does not fit this context;

The high and eminent: The emperor Napoleon III who entered Milan, tributary to Austria, after the Franco-Piedmontese victory of Magenta, very close to Buffalora;

The abbot of Foix: Napoleon III as deeply-devoted catholic emperor of France, which is represented by Foix, one of her cities (figure of synocdoche);

Saint morre: = saint Maurice, the martyred Christian general under Diocletian (†286A.D.), in whose memory was founded the famous order in Sardinia by Emmanuel-Philibert, duke of Savoy (Feller). ‘Morre’ is put to rhyme to ‘Buffalorre’. Cf. « Sardon, Mauris ( Maurice’s Sardinia )»-§666,VIII-6;

Those of saint Maurice: People of the kingdom of Sardinia, whose patron is saint Maurice (Torné-Chavigny, 1870, p.145);

La forbe: La fourberie. «Forbet, fourberie (cheat); Forbeter, tromper (to cheat)» (Godefroy). This single abstract concept symbolises and underlines the total of the vicious people involved;

Abillez: Habillés (clothed) which corresponds to the factual plurality of the cheat (la forbe), ‘abillez’ recalling Napoleon I’s ‘abeilles’ (bees), which suggest the factual approval of Garibaldi’s as soldiers under Napoleon III and Victor Emmanuel;

Vilan: Vilain (villain, rogue, scamp, scoundrel), to rhyme to Milan, signifying “ a fierce soldier ”; 

Feront la forbe abillez en vilan: The construction as follows: [S.] + V. + N. + Complement;

[They shall make] the cheat clothed in rogue: Garibaldi (and his followers), whom the Prophet will depreciate, notwithstanding his [their] military merits (cf. «clarté fulgure (lightning clarity)»-§666,VIII-6), as much as possible because of his [their] barbarism in contempt of the pope and the Christendom (cf. «monstre (monster)»-§637,IX-3; «monstre marin (marine monster)»-§638,V-88; «monstre vapin (rascal monster)»-§665,V-20; «le Barbare (the Barbary)»-§673,V-78; «le viellard nay au demi pourceau (the by half pig-born old man)»-§688,III-69; «le pourceau demy-homme (the demi-human pig), bestes brutes (brute beasts)»-§689,I-64; «amy aumi hom (a by half human friend)»-§669,VIII-44.

L’abbe de Foix avec ceux de saint morre Feront... : This is a material agreement of the subject in the singular form with the verb in the plural. Cf. III-78 (§328); Saint Simon, 1988, p.656.

It shall appear close by Buffalora The high and eminent toward, into Milan: « 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)

The abbot of Foix with those of saint Maurice Shall make the cheat clothed in rogue: « By shameful inactivity the Austrians allowed the Sardinians time to concentrate their 80,000 men around the fortress of Alessandria, where they were joined in May by several divisions of French troops, Garibaldi, meanwhile, with his “ Alpine hunters ” guarding the foot of the mountain whence he could harass the right wing of the Austrians and support the operations of the main army. The popularity of his name drew volunteers in flocks, and his appearance in the northern lake-region aroused the wildest enthusiasm among the people.

About the middle of May Napoleon himself arrived in Italy; although he left the actual lead to experienced generals, he took his place at the head of the troops. Count Stadion, sent out to reconnoitre with 12,000 men, came upon the French near Montebello May 20th, 1859, and was forced to retreat. The battle of Magenta followed, June 4th, in which the victory fell to the French. The bravery of the Austrians in this engagement, although they suffered from the greatest lack of necessary equipments, excited the admiration even of the enemy. Never did the defects of the Austrian administration become so glaringly apparent as during the campaign in Italy. Lombardy was the prize at stake in this battle of Magenta. Gyulay, incapable of rallying his scattered forces for a new attempt, immediately gave orders for a general retreat. Milan was evacuated in the next two days so hastily that the movement bore the character of a flight, the fortifications around Pavia and Piacenza were blown up, and the army of occupation was recalled from all its garrisons. On the 8th of June, Napoleon, at the side of Victor Emmanuel, made a triumphal entry into Milan, where he addressed the people in high-sounding speeches, the Austrians, meanwhile, continuing their retreat as far as the Mincio, where they took up a new position in the middle of a quadrangle of fortifications, Peschiera, Verona, Mantua, and Legnago» (HH, IX, p.604).

J.-Ch. de Fontbrune’s interpretation (1980, p.221-222): «The Emperor will appear near Buffalora, the noble and first personage [King of Italy] will make his entry into Milan, but the owner of Phoebus [Napoleon III] and those of the Holy Alliance will play a shameful trick» has several points of uncertainty. At first, the subject of the verb “will appear” is most likely to be “the noble and first personage”, that is to be identified with Napoleon III, whom the Prophet is used to appreciate as much as possible (cf. §634,IV-65 and §635,VIII-53), on the other hand the king of Sardinia Victor Emmanuel is viewed as “rouge (revolutionary)” by the Prophet (cf.§647,V-44; §676,V-22). Secondly, “saint morre” seems to be far off “the Saint Alliance”, even if the word ‘morre’ has the meaning of ‘mos’ in Latin (law, rule), for we cannot discover the word ‘alliance’ anywhere in the text. Finally, the policy of Napoleon III on this phase, though seen as treacherous at this moment to his Sardinian ally (whose interests cannot prevail upon the Prophet more than those of France), has been proved to be really indispensable internationally and effective as a whole in realizing the Italian independence in the long run (cf. Seignobos, 1921b, p.113-130; HH, IX, p.607-624).
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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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