By Alison Bruce

Contained in the pages of this booklet are the tales at the back of essentially the most infamous murders in Cambridgeshire's historical past.

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The feuding at Santa-Lucia made an impact, we have seen, on the whole district of the Tallano. The Giacomoni party, for example, was reported in 1846 to be making a bid to win municipal offices at Altagene, Olmiccia, Poggio, Zoza and Sant'Andrea. The leading families of Santa-Lucia, moreover, had branches and affinal connections in the surrounding villages, the Quilichini, for example, in Olmiccia and Poggio, the Poli and the Viggiani at Olmiccia, and the Giacomoni at Poggio. It is not surprising, therefore, that many of these villages also experienced lengthy periods of feuding.

But all these proposals were rebuffed by the wealthier Poli, who also intervened at the end of 18 3 8 to prevent Giuseppo Quilichini called Buccino, the half-brother of Giulio-Martino Giacomoni, from arranging a marriage between his son and a cousin. 30 In February 1839, a quarrel occurred between Petro-Francesco Poli and Giacomo-Antono Giacomoni, the younger brother of Giulio-Martino, in which Antono Santalucia was also involved. Poli reproached Giacomoni with not avenging his brother's death, an insult known as the rimbeccu which was grave in any circumstances but much exacerbated when made by a blood enemy.

Six members of the Miliani family and their associates were therefore put on trial in July 1847 and convicted of homicide and complicity in homicide. Most received light sentences, but Giuseppo Miliani was given 15 years' hard The history and incidence of feuds 33 labour. This trial and its outcome should be seen in the context of efforts being made by the authorities to bring about a peace settlement in Frasseto. Using various intermediaries, negotiations continued through 1847 with Rebulio Franceschi and Dr Lanfranchi, leaders of their party, and with Scalone and Paolo Antona.

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