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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 12:17 p.m. PST

"During the wars which followed in the wake of the French Revolution, France's armies turned on Britain's last ally in Italy, the kingdom of Naples. The French chased out King Ferdinand and Queen Maria Carolina and established a revolutionary republic, governed by scholars and philosophers. It lasted six months before an Army of the Holy Faith besieged them. There, in June 1799, the revolutionaries capitulated, after a promise of safe escape to France. Shortly afterwards Horatio Nelson's fleet sailed into the bay. At first, the admiral permitted the republicans and their families to troop out of their forts and down to the harbour. But then he struck, violating the treaty of surrender by seizing the would-be exiles in their transports. Hundreds of Neapolitans, having trusted the treaty, found themselves delivered up to a merciless enemy. In Italy the event became synonymous with betrayal, and Nelson's honour was even questioned in his native land. Nelson's early biographer, Southey, called the episode 'a deplorable transaction, a stain on the memory of Nelson and upon the honour of England'. This book concludes that Nelson did indeed commit a war crime. Not only that, but Sir William and Lady Hamilton encouraged him. Nelson's subsequent affair with Emma Hamilton in Naples then became a pointed contrast to the ongoing slaughter in the bay."
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Amicalement
Armand

Altefritz01 Feb 2018 1:53 p.m. PST

Horatio Nelson was in this sense a typical British character. Fair when winner, honest with the Anglo-Saxons, gentlemen whenever he has nothing to lose. In this sense the Brexit is the best result Europe had since the times of Louis XIV.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 3:22 p.m. PST

Clumsy title

MaggieC70 Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 5:40 p.m. PST

Why the link to the Japanese Amazon site?

Fatuus Natural02 Feb 2018 2:22 a.m. PST

"Horatio Nelson was in this sense a typical British character. Fair when winner, honest with the Anglo-Saxons, gentlemen whenever he has nothing to lose. In this sense the Brexit is the best result Europe had since the times of Louis XIV."

Let's leave modern politics out of it, shall we?

Altefritz02 Feb 2018 4:56 a.m. PST

Well, you are right. There is enough fuel in the past european history….

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 10:45 a.m. PST

AGree!.

Amicalement
Armand

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