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Royal House of Bourbon & Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
"See Naples and die." The phrase was coined when that city was a royal capital — the largest, richest,
most technologically-advanced of any in Italy, ruled by the House of Bourbon. They reigned over Sicily and the Italian peninsula south of Rome from
1734 until 1860, bringing "home rule" to the region following centuries of administration by viceroys on behalf of
absentee monarchs in Spain and Austria, and enacting Italy's first constitution (in Sicily in 1812).
• The Two Sicilies - A kingdom and its dynasty.
• Francis II, Last King of the Two Sicilies - Gone but never forgotten.
• Maria Sophia, Last Queen of the Two Sicilies - German princess with a Neapolitan heart.
• Carlo de Bourbon-Sicilies Interviewed - The man who would be king.
• Ficuzza - Bourbons' hunting estate.
• Constantinian Order of St George of the Two Sicilies - The Bourbons' order, five centuries of chivalry.
• Order of Francis I - A king remembered.
• Order of Saint John (Knights of Malta) - Their links to the Kingdom of Sicily.
• Italy's Unification - Risorgimento revisted. Books reviewed.
• Revising History - Historical revisionism in Sicily.
• Sicilian Diaspora - Sicilians outside Italy.
• Giuseppe Garibaldi - Who he was and wasn't.
• The House of Savoy - The dynasty and its traditions.
• Kings of Sicily Listed - Medieval and modern.
• The Leopard Lives - Historical fiction.
• Sicilians - Meet the islanders.
• The New Sicilians - Multicultural island redux.
• Family History - An introduction.
• Genealogy - Finding the records.
• Onomatology - Surname origins.
• Popolino - Sicily's Underclass - Forgotten Sicilians.
• Heraldry - Families and coats of arms.
• Nobility - The Sicilian aristocracy.
• Ciullo d'Alcamo - Sicilian School of poetry.
• The Trinacria - Triskelion, symbol of Sicily.
• Who runs Sicily today? - Social and political realities in a semi-autonomous region.
• Peoples of Sicily - Who we are (really).
• Religion in Sicily - A land of faiths.
• House of Bourbon - Two Sicilies (Official Site) presents additional information about the Two Sicilies dynasty and their charitable and cultural initiatives.
Note on the Photograph: Carlo de Bourbon wears the Order of Saint Januarius (San Gennaro), the Constantinian Order of Saint George (both dynastic orders of which he is grand master as head of the House of the Two Sicilies), the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
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