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  • And as the more perceptive Grand Tourists found out, the lazzari were a mysterious group.

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  • The lazzari were a different caste than the underclass of London or Paris.

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  • If the lazzari were a mafia, then so, too, were all the other vested interests within the annona system—indeed so, too, was anyone within ancien régime society who had power that the king’s ministers coveted.

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  • When the Neapolitan Republic was overthrown a few months later, the revenge of the lazzari was just as astonishing.

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  • Without political leadership from the lazzari, the poor of the city remained calm until plenty returned—even during the epidemic that killed so many hunger-weakened citizens in the spring and summer of 1764.

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  • More than one historian has compared the lazzari in 1763–64 to the camorra—the Neapolitan mafia that would emerge in the nineteenth century.

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  • Most distinctively, the lazzari were neither drunken nor given to riot or rebellion.

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  • But the lazzari also knew how to help themselves, and how to turn famine into good business.

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  • By December, the lazzari were acting out mock executions and carrying threatening placards.

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  • The lazzari are now just a memory and, we are assured, the famous maccheroni with tomato sauce are eaten with a fork rather than with the hands.

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