Just a Note – Into the Past – May 8, 2015

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This afternoon I’m beginning my trip into the past, and what past!  Not just a sentimental journey through a museum or as a tourist in a famous town.  I’m going to be living for two days and sleeping one night, in a Medieval soldiering camp with the “Blades of the Count”.  The company of “brave and ardent” soldiers who followed the warlord  Francesco Bussone better known as the Count of Carmagnola a real historical figure who is the central figure in a tragedy written by Alessandro Manzoni entitled (what else) “The Count of Carmagnola”.

Captain General of his lordship the Viscount of Milan,  he was member by adoption of the ducal family, then he became a fugitive settling in Venice in 1427; thanks to his skills he was able to scale the pyramid of command of the “Serenissima” as the leader of Venice was called, in five years reaching the highest level of military command. Unfortunately it would end very badly for him, in 1432, he was beheaded in Venice between the columns of San Marco and San Todero, the place of execution reserved for the torture of criminals guilty of high treason.  But this will be some time in the misty future, for now, Francesco Bussone, our great and beloved leader is alive and well, and we his loyal subjects have followed him to Bologna, where we’ll be passing the weekend.

What is life in the Middle Ages like?  How well will I face up to cooking on an open stove and sleeping in a tent and worse of all sitting on hard wood backless benches with nary a cushion in sight? But most importantly, how will I be able to use this experience in my future writing.  In any case I should definitely come up with some interesting photos!  This will be the first of three excursions I’ll be taking into the past this summer.

I’ll be posting this evening from Padua, my last post before leaving for Bologna with the “Blades of the Count” tomorrow morning.  Monday morning I’ll be back to tell you something of my adventures. Ciao, Bastet