Monday, July 21, 2014

Garibaldi in Padua

Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi by Ambrogio Borghi, Padua
Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi by Ambrogio Borghi, 1886
Corso Garibaldi
Padua, September 2013

“Such was the romance of his story that Garibaldi was at one point possibly the most famous man in Europe. In London in 1864 people of all classes flocked to see him as he got off the train. The crowds were so immense it took him six hours to travel three miles through the streets. The whole country shut down for three days while he met the great and the good. Literary figures including the poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson and Sir Walter Scott lauded him as the ‘Italian lion’ and ‘the noblest Roman of them all.’
The English historian A.J.P. Taylor made the assessment that ‘Garibaldi is the only wholly admirable figure in modern history’.”
(Garibaldi and the Unification of Italy, New Light Through Old Windows)

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