Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Free Friuli!

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Friuli found itself ruled by Odoacer, but in 488,  the Byzantine Emperor Zeno sent Theodoric – who would eventually hold the titles of King of the Ostrogoths, ruler of Italy, regent of the Visigoths, and viceroy of the Eastern Roman Empire, to the region.

Three years later Theodoric would kill Odoacer with his own hands and re-established Roman rule and prosperity to the land.  By 568 however, Friuli would be taken over by the Lombards who invaded from nearby Pannonia and In 774, Charlemagne would invade and unseat the Lombards bringing new ideas and political systems with him.

On 3 April 1077, the The Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV granted the county of Friuli, with full ducal status, to the Patriarch of Aquileia. Friuli had one of the first parliaments in the world, having not only the voice of the church and nobility, but also of common people.  Unfortunately, it was unseated by the conqueror Napoleon in 1805. 

The Historical Inebriant:  Liberation Libation

  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • 2 oz Vermont Gold Vodka
  • .5 oz Maple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz Sparkling Apple Cider

Combine equal parts cinnamon and sugar on a shallow plate and use to coat the rim of a cocktail glass. Add the vodka and maple syrup to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into the prepared glass. Top with the cider.

Established In 1953,  the newspaper Ente Friuli nel Mondo (Friulians in the World) was established to assist Friulians in foreign countries.

While several languages are spoken in Friuli, a movement has begun to establish Friulian as the official language, their goal, a free and native speaking Friuli.

Free Friuli!

Free Friuli

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