By Donna Leon
Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is stunned to listen to that Brett Lynch, a chum considering a homicide case at l. a. Fenice, has suffered a savage beating. The assault, within the appealing palazzo domestic of Flavia Petrelli, reigning diva of l. a. Scala, had include a message: 'Don't continue that appointment with Dottor Semenzato.' Then, with the hurricane clouds collecting quick over the town, a man's physique is located ...
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De Rousset, Histoire de Louvois et de son administration militaire, 4 vols. (Paris, 1879), IV, 284 ff. for concern about the size of the Savoyard army at the French court. 1. In all, there was a substantial, if uneven, threefold increase in the size of Victor Amadeus’ forces between 1690 and 1696. Growth was especially notable between 1690 and 1691, when the duke’s forces nearly doubled,¹⁷ between 1691 and 1692 and again between 1694 and 1695, when they grew by 25 per cent. Expansion was slowing down by the end of the war¹⁸ but only really faltered between 1692 and 1693.
More satisfying broad surveys reflecting or surveying the last generation’s work are J. , Absolutism in Seventeenth-Century Europe (London, 1990), and H. M. Scott, ‘Introduction: the problem of enlightened absolutism’, in Scott, Enlightened Absolutism: Reform and reformers in later-eighteenth century Europe (London, 1990). M. Mann, ‘The autonomous power of the state’, in J. S. , States in History (Oxford, 1986), offers a useful social science perspective. See, recently, S. Hanley, ‘Engendering the state: family formation and state building in early modern France’, French Historical Studies, 16, 1989.
Barberis, Le armi del principe: la tradizione militare sabauda (Turin, 1988); S. Loriga, Soldati: l’istituzione militare nel Piemonte del Settecento (Venice, 1992). P. Bianchi, ‘Esercito e riforme militari negli stati sabaudi del Settecento: un bilancio storiografico’, in Societa` di Storia Militare, Quaderno 1995 (Rome, 1995), 7–38 is a useful survey. ¹¹ Quazza, Le riforme, I, 105. ; Saluces, Histoire militaire, I, 310 (and passim); Prato, ‘Il costo’, CGP, X, 258 ff. e. e. his subjects) ‘negotiated’ service for rewards.
Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, Book 5) by Donna Leon