Sicilian vespers

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sicilian vespers See under Sicilian a.
    • Sicilian vespers the great massacre of the French in Sicily, in the year 1282, on the evening of Easter Monday, at the hour of vespers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sicilian Vespers the massacre of the French in Sicily on Easter Monday 1282—at the first stroke of the vesper-bell
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Usage

In literature:

Take care that the French do not take their revenge on you for the Sicilian vespers.
"Twenty Years After" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Sicilian Vespers, and 'eight thousand slaughtered in two hours,' are a known thing.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
The borer is the despair of the land-owner; he works underground; no Sicilian vespers for him until he becomes a cockchafer!
"Sons of the Soil" by Honore de Balzac
Such a Bartholomew's Day and Sicilian Vespers of assassinated beards!
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
CHARLES OF ANJOU, brother of St. Louis, king of Naples; lost Sicily after the Sicilian Vespers (1220-1285).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
But even more than the Sicilian Vespers, it was the unpremeditated, irresistible act of a people sick of being slaves.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
A compensation for these failures was found in 1282 when the Sicilian vespers rang the knell of the Angevin power in Sicily.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
The subject of one of his tragedies is to be the Sicilian Vespers.
"The Diary of an Ennuyée" by Anna Brownell Jameson
In the Sicilian Vespers, a word was given as a test of nationality.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Spirito, where the Sicilian Vespers began.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
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In news:

Four Seasons ballet: Autumn (The Sicilian Vespers).
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