King of Italy
Other names: Vittorio Emanuele Maria Alberto Eugenio Ferdinando Tommaso
Other Titles and Honours
King of Sardinia, 1849-61
Titular King of Cyprus, 1849-78†
Titular King of Jerusalem, 1849-78†
Titular King of Armenia, 1849-78†
8th Principe di Carignano, 1849-78†
Titular 22nd Duca di Savoia, 1849-78†
Knight of the Garter, 1858 (England)
Victor Emmanuel early showed military ardour, and in 1848-49, displayed great gallantry at Goito and Novara. After ascending the throne of Sardinia in 1849, peace was concluded between Sardinia and Austria. Perhaps the most important act of his rule was the appointment in 1852 of Cavour, his chief minister. In 1855, Sardinia joined the allies against Russia, and a contingent of 10,000 men landed in the Crimea. At the Congress of Paris of 1856, the Sardinian envoys urged upon the attention of France and England the oppressive government of the states of Italy. In 1857, diplomatic relations were broken off with Austria, and in 1859, Austria demanded the disarmament of Sardinia. This was refused, and the next day the Austrians crossed the Ticino. A French army advanced to aid the Sardinians, and the Austrians were defeated at Montebello, Magenta, and Solferino. By the Treaty of Villafranca, Lombardy was ceded to Sardinia. In 1860 Modena, Parma, the Romagna and Tuscany were peacefully annexed to Sardinia. Sicily and Naples were added by Garibaldi, while Savoy and Nice were ceded to France. The papal territories were saved from annexation only by the presence of a French force of occupation. In 1861, Victor Emmanuel was proclaimed king of Italy at Turin, and the capital of Italy was transferred to Florence. In 1866, the Austro-Prussian war, in which Italy took part as the ally of Prussia, added Venetia to the Italian kingdom. In the same year the French withdrew from Rome, but owing to an incursion by Garibaldi, they returned. After the fall of the Empire in 1870, the French occupation of Rome was at an end, the king entered Rome, and the province was added to his kingdom. Victor Emmanuel reigned reigned as a strictly constitutional monarch.
Place of birth: Turin
Place of first marriage: Stupinigi
Place of second marriage: Rome
Place of death: Rome
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