THE SICILIAN VESPERS 1282 (E1)
xxxxxThe Sicilian Vespers was the name given to the massacre of the French inhabitants of Palermo, Sicily on Easter Monday, 1282, so called because the killings began by a pre-
xxxxxThe Sicilian Vespers was the name given to a massacre of the French in Sicily, so called because -
xxxxxThe killings were the result of a concerted uprising by the Sicilians against their French masters. The King of Sicily, Charles I, himself a Frenchman, had put the island under the control of French officials and soldiers, and, in addition, had sanctioned the imposition of heavy taxes. The hatred he aroused by such measures resulted in the events which followed the sounding of the vesper bell on March 30th 1282.
xxxxxOn learning of the massacres, Charles I attempted to re-
xxxxxIncidentally, an opera based on the events of the Sicilian Vespers -
Vespers: manuscript illustrating the Anglican Breviary. The Massacre: by the French painter Louis Bombled (1862-