- Oct 20, 2016
This is a great line, even if the sentiment is more than a little naive.
Lambruschini is certainly a useful operator. It takes a certain knack to get in with the Neapolitans, and our Cardinal has certainly shown his worth in means, even if the ends didn’t pan out. Closer ties with Sardinia are always useful, however. Maybe Papal Italy has just come one step closer?
I would love to take credit for the line but it's actually something that the historical Ferdinand was fond of saying. Definitely naive, we saw how OTL treated the Two Sicilies.
Lambruschini did a very good job with what he could, unfortunately Ferdinand could not see the bigger picture. Maybe he was still burned from the failure of the Italian League. Sardinia is a very useful ally but they have the defect of being rather hungry for more influence, that will lead to problems down the line.