In 1796, after the Napoleonic troops had introduced the new revolutionary ideas to northern Italy, the Milanese crowd decapitated the statue of Philip II located on the facade of the Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, a symbol of the Habsburg monarchy and of the tyrannical rule of kings over the common people. The statue was eventually eliminated in 1799 and replaced with one of St. Ambrose, patron saint of the city, in 1833.1
KeywordsSeventeenth Century Public Debt Local Elite Spanish Period Patron Saint
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