Diego Pizzorno

The prince of Valdina: political propaganda and espionage in !$th C. Italy

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At the end of the !$th C., Sicilian Prince Giovanni Valdina had been accused of rebellion against the Spanish Crown during the revolt of Messina. To defend himself, Valdina publishes a Manifesto to exploit the Genoese diplomatic and political resources. The local government is worried by his presence, but it is firmly resolved to defend its role. Although Valdina is subjected to a strict supervision, the Genoese government does not submit to Spanish requests for the delivery of Valdina, leaving him certain freedom of action. This story shows the peculiarities of the Genoese government system and the power of Old Regime news spreading.


  • Spanish monarchy
  • Genoa
  • political propaganda


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