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About the BookDiscover the fascinating history of the little-known Molise and Abruzzo regions of central Italy, from the fiercely proud ancient Samnite warriors who confronted the Romans in a series of epic battles for control of the Italian peninsula, to the medieval conquerors including the Norman knight, Robert Guiscard.
Little known Molise and Abruzzo in central Italy was the home of my ancestors, the fearsome and proud ancient Samnites who came down from the Apennine mountains to contest the lush fertile fields of Campania against the newly established Latin Romans. After three brutal wars with Rome, the Samnites were subdued and integrated into Roman society, but their culture lived on. The dramatic history of this region is recounted from ancient times, through the Middle Ages and into the modern world; as seen through the eyes of conquerors, monks, saints, nobles, peasants, scientists, poets, charlatans, adventurers, opportunists, witches, popes, politicians, journalists, movie actors and entertainers; who all left a cultural legacy on Molise and Abruzzo. Against the backdrop of this history, is my mother Carmelina's personal story from her childhood in the Molise village of Montagano during the Second World War, to her migration to Australia in the 1950s in order to start a new life in a land of opportunities. This book is a journey of adventure and discovery, told through stories of the human condition reflected in hope, disappointment, faith, ambition, fear, perseverance, humbleness, hatred, wisdom and the sheer power of a mother's unconditional love and devotion to her family. With over 350 illustrations and 36 chapters, take the ultimate journey through the rich history and culture of the relatively unknown central Italian regions of Molise and Abruzzo, the heart and soul of timeless Italy!