1914 by Luciano Canfora

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Richard of britain used to be often called ‘Lionheart’.

He was once a King unbeaten in conflict.

His sword carved out a godlike legend from the battlefields of France to the blood-soaked sands of the Holy Land.

He was once England’s so much romantic and heroic king, a passionate and delicate guy, nice warrior, poet and musician, and a charismatic chief, blindly loved via the knights he commanded, deeply enjoyed by way of a couple of girl.

But one lady captured his middle.

She used to be a lady unchallenged within the lists of affection.

Blondelza, as daringly self sustaining as she used to be appealing. She lived through her wits and ability at the level, and refused to yield to any guy who used to be now not her equivalent.

In a royal courtroom brimming with political intrigue, tender alliances, and fierce jealousies, those got here jointly although all their global conspired to maintain them aside — proud and unfastened spirits held in thrall by means of a fondness that threatened to devour them both…

In this masterly novel set during the bloody Crusades and the elaborate Courts of affection, the fiery Plantagenet rulers come to existence: Richard’s father, the boorish womanizer, King Henry II; his mom, a mythical good looks and a distinct lady of the medieval international, Eleanor of Aquitaine; his brothers the princes, vying for land and loyalty and tool.

And on the very centre is Richard himself and the lady he enjoyed mainly others, the gifted and free-spirited Blondelza, mom of his illegitimate son, who mocked the legislation of God and guy.

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39 La «colpa» tedesca: un alibi per tutti gli altri Il pensiero dell’imperatore di Germania intorno alla possibilità di apprezzare in modo favorevole l’atteggiamento della Serbia, è affidato anche ad un testo scritto (il documento è conservato). È il testo della risposta serba, evidentemente trasmessa in copia a Guglielmo, in cui si legge, scritto di suo pugno, quanto segue: «con queste parole ogni motivo di guerra cade. Giesl [l’ambasciatore austriaco a Belgrado] doveva rimanere tranquillamente a Belgrado: dopo questo non avrei mai ordinato la mobilitazione».

E quindi l’entrata in guerra dell’Inghilterra era quasi inevitabile. Non dimentichiamo la longa manus che l’Inghilterra aveva tramite i suoi servizi segreti proprio sulla costa antistante, ad Anversa, quella città che già Napoleone al tempo suo chiamava una «pistola puntata contro l’Inghilterra». E l’altro prezzo da pagare è evidentemente che il paese neutrale appartenente alla Triplice Alleanza, cioè l’Italia, si allarma per il fatto stesso che la neutralità viene calpestata con tanta facilità.

Il governo austriaco in sostanza si muove nella prospettiva di uno scontro inevitabile: per cui fa esso stesso un’inchiesta ed è un’inchiesta sommaria; pone condizioni irricevibili per ottenere un rifiuto e procede nella convinzione, non del tutto infondata, che l’automatismo delle clausole della Triplice Alleanza avrebbe comportato lo schieramento della Germania al fianco dell’Austria – eventualmente anche l’Italia, che era legata al medesimo patto. Perciò il governo si muove con una determinazione a senso unico.

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