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Norbert

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #45 on: April 27, 2008, 12:35:17 AM »
sadly i can't tell you who his mistress was and the name of his murderer but i'm sure someone will be able to give us more details...trial and execution ?

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« Reply #46 on: April 27, 2008, 03:24:12 AM »
Dear Norbert,

I was very surprised to hear that the count of Lecce was killed. I never heard before. A friend of mine, Prince Carlo di Somma, of Napoli I met several times, told me many stories about the Bourbons Two Sicilies. He gave me numerous photos of members of this family. Never he told me that Lecce was murdered. Unfortunately, he died in 2005 before finishing the great story of the kingdom of Two Siciles he had been writing for years.
At the Museum of Capodimonte, you can see two paintings very interesting of Giuseppe CAMMARANO about Francisco I's family ordered by himself in 1820 on occasion of the 70th anniversery of his father Ferdinando I (1751-1825). When I was looking at this painting, something called my attention: all Francisco's children are present except....Count of LECCE who must be six or seven years when the painting was finished.
Three others children are missing : Teresa, future empress of Brazil; count of Aquila and count of Trapani...But they weren't born at that time.
 Question: why Antonio di Borbone, prince of Two Sicilies doesn't appear on these pictures???

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #47 on: April 28, 2008, 09:23:06 AM »
wow what an end! I hope king ferdinando II had not to face a scandal about it.

The crime was hushed up to avoid scandal.
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Ladran los perros a la Luna, y ella con majestuoso desprecio prosigue el curso de su viaje.

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #48 on: April 28, 2008, 09:46:03 AM »
Thank you...But can you give us your source????
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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #49 on: April 28, 2008, 11:23:52 AM »
Thank you...But can you give us your source????
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Harold Acton's "The last Bourbons of Naples".
Ladran los perros a la Luna, y ella con majestuoso desprecio prosigue el curso de su viaje.

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« Reply #50 on: April 28, 2008, 01:09:42 PM »
Thank you...But can you give us your source????
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Harold Acton's "The last Bourbons of Naples".

Thanks. This second  book cannot be found in France. It has not been translated into french yet, except the first tome (1731-1825) I bought a long time ago. And the versions in english and in italian "Gli ultimi Borboni di Napoli" aren't available either. It's a pity...

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #51 on: April 30, 2008, 03:25:48 PM »
new idea :)

I found information about every brother of king Ferdinando II of two-siciles except Antonio di Borbone, Count of lecce...Someone knows ? career or marriage projects?

Prince of capua was a vice-admiral of two-siciles & married unequally
Count of syracusa was a navy officer too & maried maria-filiberta di savoia-carignano, cousin of king Carlo-Alberto of sardigna maybe to make alliance with this kingdom
Count of Aquila did like his elder brother & married the princess imperial of brazil. He later became a brasilian admiral
Count of Trapany married his niece Isabel of Austria


Today a Neapolitan friend of mine has just told me the sad end of Antonio di Borbone, prince of the Two Sicilie, count of Lecce. Like all Bourbons, this young man was a hunter. He owned a shooting-lodge in Pozzuoli, near Napoli where he received many young women.
In 1843, january 12th, the prince was found dead, the head smashed...
His brother, King Ferdinando II gave the government this order:" The count of Lecce is dead due to typhus".No comment.

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #52 on: May 01, 2008, 10:18:50 AM »
I knew you would find out more details for us. Was anyone charged with the crime? as i'm sure Acton explains he was a victim of an outraged husband? I'm sure the lady would have publisized the thrill of being the centre of such a drama.

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #53 on: May 03, 2008, 05:03:03 AM »
Tragic end...His family may have been horrified
I didn't know that HRH The Count of Lecce was keen on hunting. Thanks !
Do you know if he had some career in army or navy like his brothers? or maybe in administration?
Did King Ferdinando have plans to marry him?

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« Reply #54 on: May 09, 2008, 05:15:30 AM »
The Count of Lecce was murdered when he tried to seduce someone else's wife and her husband killed him for the insult. The young woman was innocent of any wrong doing. (Acton, the Last Bourbons of Naples, p. 143).

While Ferdinand II was the model of concupiscence his brothers were pretty disreputable, even the Count of Aquila who married well. Perhaps the best was Trapani, who was the only one who remaiend unswervingly loyal to Francis II, whose own brother, the Count of Trani betrayed him in a particularly odious fashion. They inherited their mother's liusts - after her husband's death she embarked on a series of affairs, the longest of which ended with her son expelling her lover, Baron von Schmuckler. She then secretly married the much younger Count Francesco del Balzo, with her son's private permission  the marriage which took place on 15 Jan 1839 could not be given legal status in the Two Sicilies but was valid in canon law, so allowed her to enjoy a full relationship but not be excluded from the sacraments. He was sixteen years younger and outlived his wife by 34 years.

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #55 on: May 09, 2008, 05:31:40 AM »
I should have said 1864, not 1866, when Spain finally recognised Italy; this was the wish of the government and not the Queen however, who had no choice in  the matter.

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #56 on: May 09, 2008, 05:56:18 AM »
sadly Acton does not tell us who the young woman was and the name of his murderer

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #57 on: May 09, 2008, 12:31:06 PM »
Count Franceso del Balzo was twenty years younger than Queen dowager Maria Isabel. He was born in 1805 may 17th while his old spouse was born in 1785 july 6th. Del Balzo remarried donna Guilia, dei duchi Carignani in 1857 january 17th.

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #58 on: May 10, 2008, 04:48:43 PM »
Isabel was born in July 1789, not 85, so she was 16 years older than Francesco del Balzo.

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Re: King Francesco I of Two-Sicilies, and his family
« Reply #59 on: May 11, 2008, 02:58:49 AM »
Thanks. I was mistaken. Sorry

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