Sabaudia is the next chapter in Norman Davies‘ Vanished Kingdoms. Sabaudia, like Burgundia, is another area on the ‘seam’ between France and the central European regions of Germany and Italy. Later it became known as ‘Savoy’.
As a mountain region, it was safer against the growth of France than its neighbors, but could not expand in that direction. Across the Alps, however, with time it took control of the plains region of Piedmont. Playing both sides for gain in the wars of the wars of the period was a major means of growth.
One treasured gain was the Kingdom of Sicily, which promoted the Prince of Savoy to the big time as an actual King. Holding the region was tougher, so in the next peace treaty Savoy swapped Sicily for Sardinia and kept the King part. It was in this form that in the 19th century Sardinia became the focus of Italian unification, which was achieved in the
mid-century. Ironically, one thing that was traded away on the road to being King of Italy was the district of Savoy itself, which was dealt to France along with Nice in the process.
The heyday of the King of Italy did not last long – after defeat in World War II the kingship was scrapped entirely. The family had played one side in a war against the other one too many times.
- Vanished Kingdoms – Burgundia (kilobooks.wordpress.com)
- Vanished Kingdoms – Aragon (kilobooks.wordpress.com)