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Amadeo I of Spain

Amadeo I was an Italian prince who reigned as King of Spain from 1870 to 1873. The only King of Spain from the House of Savoy, he was the second son of King Vittorio Emanuele II of Italy and was known for most of his life as the Duke of Aosta, he was elected by the Cortes as Spain's monarch in 1870, following the deposition of Isabella II, was sworn in the following year. Amadeo's reign was fraught with growing republicanism, Carlist rebellions in the north, the Cuban independence movement, he abdicated and returned to Italy in 1873, the First Spanish Republic was declared as a result. Granted the hereditary title of Duke of Aosta in the year of his birth, he founded the Aosta branch of Italy's royal House of Savoy, junior in agnatic descent to the branch descended from King Umberto I that reigned in Italy until 1900, but senior to the branch of the Dukes of Genoa. Prince Amedeo of Savoy was born in Turin, he was of Archduchess Adelaide of Austria. He was styled the Duke of Aosta from birth. Entering the army as captain in 1859 he fought through the Third Italian War of Independence in 1866 with the rank of major-general, leading his brigade into action at the Battle of Custoza and being wounded at Monte Torre.

In 1868, after his marriage, he was created vice admiral of the Italian navy, but this position ended when he ascended the Spanish throne. In 1867 his father yielded to the entreaties of parliamentary deputy Francisco Cassins, on 30 May of that year, Amedeo was married to Donna Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo; the King opposed the match on the grounds that her family was of insufficient rank, as well as his hopes for his son's marriage to a German princess. Despite her princely title, Donna Maria Vittoria was not of royal birth, belonging rather to the Piedmontese nobility, she was, the sole heir of her father's vast fortune, which subsequent Dukes of Aosta inherited, thereby obtaining wealth independent of their dynastic appanage and allowances from Italy's kings. The wedding day of Prince Amedeo and Donna Maria Vittoria was marred by the death of a stationmaster, crushed under the wheels of the honeymoon train. In March 1870, Maria Vittoria appealed to the King to remonstrate with her husband for marital infidelities that caused her hurt and embarrassment.

But the King wrote in reply that, while understanding her feelings, he considered that she had no right to dictate her husband's behaviour and that her jealousy was unbecoming. After the Spanish revolution deposed Isabella II, the new Cortes decided to reinstate the monarchy under a new dynasty; the Duke of Aosta was elected King as Amadeo I on 16 November 1870. He swore to uphold the constitution in Madrid on 2 January 1871; the election of the new king coincided with the assassination of General Juan Prim, his chief supporter. After that, Amadeo had to deal with difficult situations, with unstable Spanish politics, republican conspiracies, Carlist uprisings, separatism in Cuba, same-party disputes, fugitive governments and assassination attempts. Amadeo could count on the support of only the progressive party, whose leaders were trading off in the government thanks to parliamentary majority and electoral fraud; the progressives divided into monarchists and constitutionalists, which made the instability worse, in 1872 a violent outburst of interparty conflicts hit a peak.

There was a Carlist uprising in the Basque and Catalan regions, after that, republican uprisings happened in cities across the country. The artillery corps of the army went on strike, the government instructed the King to discipline them. Though warned of a plot against his life on 18 August 1872, he refused to take precautions, while returning from Buen Retiro Park to Madrid in company with the queen, was shot at in Via Avenal; the royal carriage was struck by several revolver and rifle bullets, the horses wounded, but its occupants escaped unhurt. A period of calm followed the event. With the possibility of reigning without popular support, Amadeo issued an order against the artillery corps and immediately abdicated from the Spanish throne on 11 February 1873. At ten o'clock that same night, Spain was proclaimed a republic, at which time Amadeo made an appearance before the Cortes, proclaiming the Spanish people ungovernable. Disgusted, the ex-monarch left Spain and returned to Italy, where he resumed the title of Duke of Aosta.

The First Spanish Republic lasted less than two years, in November 1874 Alfonso XII, the son of Isabella II, was proclaimed king, with Antonio Cánovas del Castillo, Spanish intermittent prime minister from 1873 until his assassination in 1897 serving as regent. Amadeo's first wife died in 1876. In 1888 he married his French niece, Princess Maria Letizia Bonaparte, daughter of his sister Maria Clotilde and of Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte, a nephew of Napoleon I, they had one child, who died of the flu during the First World War. Amadeo remained in Turin, Italy until his death on 18 January 1890, his friend Puccini composed the famous elegy for string quartet Crisantemi in his memory. Lake Amadeus in central Australia is named after him, as is the Philippine municipality of Amadeo, Cavite. 30 May 1845 – 18 January 1890: His Royal Highness The Duke of Aosta 16 November 1870 – 11 February 1873: His Majesty The King of Spain Italy: Knight of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation – 27 September 186

Hardmead

Hardmead is a small village and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes and ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire, England. It is in the north of the Borough, about seven miles west of Bedford, five miles north east of Newport Pagnell; the village is close to the A422 road, on a small road linking that to nearby Newton Blossomville. It is in the civil parish of Astwood; the village name is Old English in origin, means'Heoruwulf's meadow'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was called Herulfmede; the village is small with a population of around 100 people. The nearest pub is located one mile away in Astwood and the nearest shop is about four miles distant; the former church of St Mary's Hardmead is Grade I dates from the 13th century. It has been redundant since the 1980s and is now in the care of the charity Friends of Friendless Churches. There are monuments in the church to the explorer Robert Shedden. Media related to Hardmead at Wikimedia Commons

List of universities and colleges in the State of Palestine

This is a list of universities and colleges in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The West Bank and Gaza together have 14 universities, an open university for distance learning, 18 university colleges and 20 community colleges. Al-Aqsa University Al-Azhar University - Gaza Al-Quds Open University Gaza University Islamic University of Gaza Israa University Palestine Technical College University College of Applied Sciences University of Palestine Gaza Community/Training Center An-Najah National University Arab American University Bethlehem Bible College Bethlehem University Birzeit University Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture Edward Said National Conservatory of Music Hebron University Ibrahimieh College Khodori Institute, Tulkarm Palestine Ahliya University Palestine Polytechnic University Al-Quds University International Academy of Art, Palestine Applied Research Institute–Jerusalem Health, Development and Policy Institute Palestinian Academic Network Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education Durham Palestine Educational Trust Institute for Middle East Understanding Institute for Palestine Studies Scientists 4 Palestine PEACE Programme - under the auspices of UNESCO Medea’s information files: Palestinian Universities