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"Though the Maniots use the Italian word, the vendettas of the Mani were originally a matter of clan or family, not individual warfare. They were rarely launched, as they are in Crete today, by a slight or an insult to the philotimo, feminine honour, the forcible abduction of a bride by a party of braves, cattle-rustling or any momentary cause. The killing of one Deep Maniot would certainly have his family up in arms, determined to 'get the blood back', to avenge the dead kinsman by the death, not necessarily of the guilty man but of the pick of the offending family, which was deemed corporately responsible for the crime. But they were usually launched after family conclaves, with a definite object in view, which was no less than the total annihilation of an opposing Nyklian family, the number of whose guns and the height of whose towers offered a challenge to the village hegemony." Page 89

 

Patrick Leigh-Fermor, Mani — Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, 1958

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The Vendettas were a very large part of the Maniot culture, as shown on the above source. They lasted for years and whole families were destroyed due to them or were forced to flee the country in seek of refuge. They are a very important element in this case and will be repeatedly used to prove Napoleon's origin.

  

In this journey, we have established how Napoleon's family was originated from Corsica, and how Napoleon himself was raised there. Some may wonder how the Bonaparte family could have been Greek since it was settled in Corsica, but this is exactly where the vendettas come in. As I will explain on the following page of this visit, the vendettas were the trigger for a very huge immigration from Mani to Corsica, and included in that immigration was Napoleon Bonaparte's family.

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