Sunday, 20 May 2012

The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

The Vauban and Shandy Blog is set to visit the island of Sicily - but will there be time to see anything of King Victor Amadeus II - and the War of the Succession - so eagerly anticipated by Uncle Toby and Corporal Trim...

"The draw-bridge being held irreparable, Trim was ordered directly to set about another—but not upon the same model: for cardinal Alberoni's intrigues at that time being discovered, and my uncle Toby rightly foreseeing that a flame would inevitably break out betwixt Spain and the Empire, and that the operations of the ensuing campaign must in all likelihood be either in Naples or Sicily—he determined upon an Italian bridge—(my uncle Toby, by-the-bye, was not far out of his conjectures)—but my father, who was infinitely the better politician, and took the lead as far of my uncle Toby in the cabinet, as my uncle Toby took it of him in the field—convinced him, that if the king of Spain and the Emperor went together by the ears, England and France and Holland must, by force of their pre-engagements, all enter the lists too;—and if so, he would say, the combatants, brother Toby, as sure as we are alive, will fall to it again, pell-mell, upon the old prize-fighting stage of Flanders;—then what will you do with your Italian bridge?— We will go on with it then upon the old model, cried my uncle Toby. “                        Volume 3                                                            

1 comment:

  1. Enjoy the exotica that awaits...we await reports upon the return.