By Stephen Wilson

Corsica is linked in lots of people's minds with vendetta and banditry, yet those phenomena haven't been studied systematically. utilizing bills by way of viewers and officers and especially judicial documents, this booklet offers this type of learn for the 19th century. money owed of particular feuds lasting over many generations are given, together with that which galvanized Mérimée's Colomba, and the full phenomenon is determined in its right context of pageant for scarce fabric assets and gear in a standard agro-pastoral society. Attitudes to dying and the lifeless are tested, and demonstrate a divergence among neighborhood perform and trust and respectable Christianity, and the patience of the proposal that the spirit of the slain calls for to be placated with blood. A normal topic is the influence upon an remoted conventional society, and its procedure of sanctions, of incorporation right into a sleek kingdom with courts and police.

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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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