between4walls wrote:Some context for the "war in Spain" referenced in this chapter and why the French expedition was such a bad thing.
plus my favorite obscure historical reference:
"beside the son of France as generalissimo, the Prince de Carignan, afterwards Charles Albert, enrolling himself in that crusade of kings against people as a volunteer, with grenadier epaulets of red worsted"
I unpacked this here and to add to that post, the "grenadier epaulets of red worsted" is a reference to the battle of Trocadero, where he won the Cross of St Louis by grabbing the colors of regiment of grenadiers and leading them across the canal to attack the enemy's guns. The grenadiers honored him by giving him the epaulets of a member of the regiment who had been killed in the fighting. Charles Albert was extremely proud of those epaulets, and showed off the red epaulets to Alexandre Dumas when they met in 1840.
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