Modern Europe from the Fall of Constantinople to the Establishment of the German Empire, A.D. 1453-1871; 1794-1871 Volume 5

Modern Europe from the Fall of Constantinople to the Establishment of the German Empire, A.D. 1453-1871; 1794-1871 Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... for the conquest of Sicily, and assembled a large force in the neighbourhood of Reggio. General Cavaignac's division actually landed between Messina and La Scaletta; but not being supported by the rest of the army, was exterminated 290 NAPOLEON MARRIES MARIA LOUISA. chap. LXVI. (September 18th). In order to bring the affairs of this part of the world under one point of view, we shall here mention the revolution effected in Sicily by Lord "William Bentinck in 1811. Queen Caroline opposed the British influence in this island; and after the death of Acton, who had conciliated matters between her and the English, the Queen became more violent. The Sicilian barons having declared for the English, four of them were arrested by order of King Ferdinand; and the Court required that the British troops should evacuate the island. But Lord Bentinck caused fifteen individuals to be arrested, accused of plotting to betray Sicily and the English army. This act of vigour disabled the Court party. Ferdinand resigned the Government in favour of his son; Lord Bentinck was proclaimed Generalissimo of the Sicilian troops, and a Parliament assembled in July, 1812, decreed a constitution modelled on that of Great Britain. Queen Caroline, who was accused of having entered into correspondence with Napoleon, was compelled to fly the island. But to return to the narrative. After the Peace of Schonbrunn, which seemed to have consolidated his power, Napoleon resolved to strengthen and perpetuate his dynasty by a marriage with the daughter of some Royal house. He no longer entertained the hope of having any issue by Josephine, and on this ground he ordained the dissolution of his marriage with her. His proposals for the hand of a Russian Grand Duchess were coldly...show more

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236610199
  • 9781236610195