The Prague Cemetery Chapter 5

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Simonino the Carbonaro

"The Carbonari were groups of secret revolutionary societies founded in early 19th-century Italy... Members of the Carbonari, and those influenced by them did take part in important events in the process of Italian Unification (often referred to as the Risorgimento), especially the Revolution of 1820, and in the further development of Italian nationalism." Wikipedia

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Italian, "attorney".

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Odalengo Piccolo
a township in Piedmont. Wikipedia Could it be some relation to Abbé Dalla Piccola? Or perhaps it simply distinguishes it from nearby "Odalengo Grande." [See note on Dallapiccolo in chapter 2.]

lavish restaurants as Il Cambio
Established in 1711 as a cafe, the restaurant still serves lavish dishes in splendid surroundings. [1]

In Il Cambio Simonino was initiated "into the mysteries of finanziera...To enjoy this dish properly one had to dress, as the name suggested, in a frock coat, or stiffelius, as it was otherwise called." Finanziera means "financier", and the suggested clothing looks something like this: [2]

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Carlo Pisacane
Tried to instigate an uprising by liberating prisoners and using them as foot-soldiers. Stabbed to death by angry locals who thought he was a gypsy trying to steal food. [3] He is the Government Agent's epitome of a confused and potentially dangerous young man who needs to be arrested for his own good.

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Alta Vendita
The Alta Vendita was the leading council of the Carbonari. Members of separate districts formed a vendita, and selected delegates to the Alta Vendita. The name also refers to "The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita", a document, originally published in Italian in the 19th century, purportedly produced by the highest lodge of the Italian Carbonari. The document details an alleged Masonic plan to infiltrate the Catholic Church and spread liberal ideas within it." Wikipedia

Reminiscent of the Protocols.

Their leader was Nubius...
The leaders of the Carbonari used pseudonyms.

Nubius remained at the helm of the highest Vendita until 1844, when someone poisoned him with Aqua Tofana.
Aqua Tofana was an effective locally produced poison that was usually used by wives to kill their husbands. [4]

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Chapter 1
pp. 1-4
Chapter 2
pp. 5-28
Chapter 3
pp. 29-46
Chapter 4
pp. 47-82
Chapter 5
pp. 83-96
Chapter 6
pp. 97-113
Chapter 7
pp. 114-139
Chapter 8
pp. 140-158
Chapter 9
pp. 159-167
Chapter 10
pp. 168-169
Chapter 11
pp. 170-190
Chapter 12
pp. 191-210
Chapter 13
pp. 211
Chapter 14
pp. 212-228
Chapter 15
pp. 229-232
Chapter 16
pp. 233-235
Chapter 17
pp. 236-259
Chapter 18
pp. 260-271
Chapter 19
pp. 272-277
Chapter 20
pp. 278-283
Chapter 21
pp. 284-301
Chapter 22
pp. 302-330
Chapter 23
pp. 331-377
Chapter 24
pp. 378-397
Chapter 25
pp. 398-407
Chapter 26
pp. 408-426
Chapter 27
pp. 427-437