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Heirs and Their Wives: Setting the Scene for Umbertian Italy

  • Axel Körner
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)

Abstract

Italian literature from the Risorgimento period — the works of D’Azeglio, Guerrazzi or of Verdi’s librettist Solera — portrayed Italian women as the defenders of morality and of the purity of Italian blood. They fulfilled their role as good wives and mothers by bearing future Italians and by holding the nation together. This description of the nation in terms of direct blood relations and kinship influenced a growing audience of patriots in Risorgimento Italy.1 Meanwhile, what divided these patriots were Italy’s future constitutional arrangements. The question of republic versus monarchy was only resolved, at least temporarily, after the revolutions of 1848–49, when the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia took the lead in the struggle for Italian unification. Piedmont created Italy through a series of wars and the deposition of long-reigning dynasties. There were also annexations of external territories, which as late as the uprisings of 1831 had still been described as ‘foreign’ by the revolutionaries themselves.

Keywords

Royal Family Constitutional Order Military Career Constitutional Arrangement Italian Literature 
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