§662. Count of Cavour, Italian unionist, born in a French dominion (1810-1861): VIII-33.

VIII-33 (§):

The great of Verona and Vincenza shall be born,

Who shall bear an unworthy surname:

Who will take vengeance on Venice,

Himself taken away a man of vigilance and miracle.   


(Le grand naistra de Veronne & Vincence,

Qui portera un surnom bien indigne

Qui à Venise vouldra faire vengeance,

Luy mesme prins homme du guet & signe.)


Notes: Vincence: = Vincenza = Vicenza. Now, the orthographic anomaly Vincence could suggest the Latin vincere (vaincre, to conquer) and at the same time « the N added to Vicenza could reinforce the identification with Napoleon...» (Guinard, 2011, p.62).


The great of Verona and Vincenza shall be born: The Count of Cavour Camillo Benso shall be born in Turin in French Empire, and he shall give birth to the kingdom of Italy under Victor Emmanuel unifying the kingdom of Sardinia with other Italian states, such as Tuscany, Naples, the papal states and Venetia containing Verona and Vicenza which shall be also under Napoleonic reign when he shall be born. In fact, Cavour was born in 1810 in the French Empire, and Verona and Vicenza was then in the kingdom of Italy founded in 1805 and governed by Napoleon himself. Cf. §661, I-6: The two of Bresse: The two representatives of Risorgimento, Cavour (1810-1861) and Garibaldi (1807-1882), both having been born in a region [symbolized by Bresse (Ain) (French since 1601)] of the French Empire (1804-1815) under Napoleon Bonaparte: the former in Turin (French since 1802), the latter in Nice (French since 1793).


Who shall bear an unworthy surname: Camillo Benso shall not be worthy of his title the count of Cavour, for his hometown (Cavour) and his home country (Piedmont) shall have been incorporated in France under Napoleon Bonaparte since 1802.


Who will take vengeance on Venice: Cf. §660, VIII-31: Inside Venice he [the prince of Pesquiere = Francis Joseph] 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).


Himself taken away: « The death of Cavour. Such being the condition of affairs the seditious utterances of a band of agitators calling themselves "Italians of the Italians" caused Cavour no little trouble and annoyance. Garibaldi himself, who had passed the greater part of his life in arms against monarchical power, and who in bis idealism and self-sacrificing love of freedom and country was incapable of seeing existing conditions exactly as they were, was not a stranger to some of these new revolutionary movements. On the 20th of April, 1861, he appeared in the Turin parliament to condemn the action taken in disbandtng his army of volunteers, and to protest against the treatment accorded some of his former comrades-at-arms. He was finally pacified and induced to return to his lonely island life by the persuasive representations of Cavour.

Shortly afterward, June 6th, 1861, occurred the death of Count Cavour, the greatest statesman the world had seen since Cardinal Richelieu. He was but fifty-one years of age, and his untimely end was undoubtedly brought about by overwork and the feverish anxiety in which his later years were passed. “ For twelve years,” he declared, “ I have been a conspirator in the cause of my country's freedom — a most unique conspirator; I have avowed my aim in parliament and in every court of Europe, and now at the last I have for fellow conspirators twenty-five millions of Italians.” His life-work had not quite reached completion, his last idea was little more than the vision of a dream; but he had at last the satisfaction of seeing his own creation, the young kingdom of Italy, advancing on the road to maturity.

The highest praise that can be given to Count Cavour was made by a great statesman whose name was not less celebrated than that of the great minister, Lord Palmerston. "The name of Cavour," he said before the British parliament, " will always live, and will be embalmed in the memory, in the gratitude, and in the admiration of the human race. The story of which he is the ornament is truly wonderful, and the most romantic in the annals of the world. We have seen a people under his direction and authority wake up from the sleep of two centuries."» (HH, IX, p.611-612).


A man of vigilance and miracle: = §660,VIII-31: 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) « 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.

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).


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