[MEMOIR] Glimpses of Italian society in the eighteenth century by Hester Lynch Piozzi -jo

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barbara2
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Post by barbara2 » February 11th, 2019, 1:32 am

Section 8, Florence, Pt 1:

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/italiansociety_08_piozzi_128.mp3
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This Grand Duke was a very Enlightened Despot indeed, according to Wikipedia. You’d be interested to hear (maybe you knew?) that he was all for having his subjects vaccinated. Reformed everything in sight. But lacked the charisma of the corrupt Medicis.

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Barbara

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Post by pnagami » February 11th, 2019, 6:56 am

Hi Barbara,

Section 8 is PL OK. Very entertaining!

That would be Leopold II (Peter Leopold), the son of Maria Theresa, Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1765-1790, and briefly emperor (after his brother Joseph II died) from 1790-1792. He was dour but enlightened, according to Wikipedia.

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Pam
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