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Piedmont was an initial springboard for Italy's unification in 1859-1861, following earlier unsuccessful wars against the Austrian Empire in 1820-1821 and 1848-1849. This process is sometimes referred to as Piedmontisation. However, the efforts were later contradicted by efforts of rural farmers. The House of Savoy became Kings of Italy, and Turin briefly became the capital of Italy. However, the addition of territory paradoxically reduced Piedmont's importance to the kingdom, and the capital was moved to Florence, and then to Rome. One remaining recognition of Piedmont's historical role was that the crown prince of Italy was known as the Prince of Piedmont.
Originally posted by eNumbra
reply to post by muzzleflash
Knights Hospitaller used a white cross on a black background as far as I remember/search shows. The black cross was a symbol of the Knights Teutonic.
I'm thinking it should be a White cross on a red background.
English Crusader Flag
edit: I'm thinking the black you are seeing is just a petina on the metal, the same black coloration is in other spots on the statue as well.
[edit on 4/27/2010 by eNumbra]
Originally posted by kadyr80
GIANDUIA- which my searches have only associated with modern chocolatiers and an 18th century cartoon caracter? Need help here.