1438 UNIVERSAL HISTORYTHE MODERN WORLD.
in preparation for the space of two years, the
diabolical plot was carried out. The massacre
began in Palermo, and spread from town to
town, wherever the French had made settlements, until at least eight thousand innocent
people had been butchered. This infamous
outrage against human life is known in history
as the Sicilian Vespers a fitting prelude to
the massacre of St. Bartholomew.
In the year 1285 Philip the Third found it
necessary to undertake a war with Pedro, king
of Aragon. That ruler had presumed to set
at naught the settlement sanctioned by the
Pope, by which the crown of Aragon was to