§ 653. The truce of Villafranca

19th century:
§653. The truce of Villafranca (1859.7.11): IV-73.

The great nephew shall give a proof by his forces,
Of the treaty made by the chicken-hearted partner.
The Duke shall suffer from Ferrara and Asti,
When he shall pantomime in the evening.

(Le nepveu grand par forces prouvera,
Le pache faict du cœur pusillanime:
Ferrare & Ast le Duc espouvera,
Par lors qu’au soir fera le pantomime.)

Keys to the reading:
The great nephew: Napoleon III (Le Pelletier, I, p.296). In fact, of the 12 examples of the word “nephew” in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, 8 cases (III-29, IV-73, VI-22, VII-43, VIII-32, VIII-43bis and X-30) refer to Napoleon III, a great nephew of Napoleon I;

Pache: = “ pacte (contract), accord (agreement), convention (covenant).” (Godefroy);

The chicken-hearted partner: Francis-Joseph, the emperor of Austria;

The Duke: The emperor of Austria as leader (duc) of his troops. “Duke < OF duc < L dux leader < dūcere lead ” (Obunsha);

Ferrara: A pontifical state under the Austrian protection to be unified to the kingdom of Sardinia;

Ast: = Asti of the kingdom of Sardinia;

Au soir: At the final phase of disadvantage of his armies;

Le pantomime: A temporary gain of keeping the Venetia in his possession, till its Italian absorption in 1866.

The great nephew shall give a proof by his forces, Of the treaty made by the chicken-hearted partner: « 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). « 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. Europe, bewildered by these rapid victories, allowed her awakening jealousy to appear. The emperor thought he had done enough for Italy by pushing Austria, so recently established on the banks of the Ticino, back behind the Mincio, and at Villafranca he signed with Francis Joseph a peace, the principal conditions of which were confirmed at the end of the year by the Treaty of Zurich.» (HH, XIII, p.136-137)

The Duke shall suffer from Ferrara and Asti: « By this peace Austria resigned Lombardy, which France added to Piedmont that she might make for herself a faithful ally beyond the Alps. The Mincio became the boundary of Austria in the peninsula, where the various states were to form a great confederation under the presidency of the pope. But all those concerned rejected this plan, and the revolutionary movement continued. The emperor confined himself to preventing Austria from intervening. Then those governments of Parma, Modena, the Roman legations, Tuscany and Naples, which ever since 1814 had been merely lieutenants of Austria, were seen to fall to pieces successively, and Italy, minus Venice and Rome, was about to form a single kingdom, when the emperor thought himself called upon to take a precaution necessary to the security of France; he claimed the price of the assistance he had given and by the Treaty of Turin, March 24th, 1860, obtained the cession to himself of Savoy and the county of Nice (Nizza), which added three departments to France and carried her southern frontier to the summit of the Alps. For the first time since 1815 France, not by force and surprise but as the result of a great service rendered to a friendly nation, by pacific agreement, and according to the solemn vote of the inhabitants, had overstepped the limits traced round her at the period of her reverses. Europe dared not protest.» (HH, XIII, p.137)

When he shall pantomime in the evening: «Italy was freed, although a portion of Italian territory, namely Venetia, still remained in the hands of Austria.» (HH, XIII, p.137)

Le Pelletier (I, p.296) says about the first distich that «Napoleon III shall make observe by his force the treaty he shall have beforehand subscribed by prudence.» But, there is no such evidence in history and his reading of the text is very erroneous. First, the French verb “prouver”, which he interprets as “faire observer (to make observe)”, should be translated in English into “to prove, to give proof or evidence of ” (Dubois). Secondly, “faict du cœur pusillanime (made by the chicken-heart)”, which he attributes to Napoleon III, should be ascribed to Francis-Joseph, his international partner of the moment.
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Koji Nihei Daijyo

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