Francesco Caraccioli was an Italian admiral born around 1748 in Naples.
In 1798 he entered the service of the Parthenopean Republic and prevented the Sicilian English alliance fleet from landing – as per his orders.
However, when Ruffo took Naples a year later, he made sure that Caraccioli was arrested and then, contrary to the terms of capitulation, condemned him to death and hanged him on the yard-arm of a Neapolitan frigate with Horatio Nelson’s full consent.
That made the honourable Lord Nelson guilty of murder and a disgrace to his nation but, be that as it may, the victim was famously quoted as saying “In England there are sixty different religious sects but only one sauce” – he was referring to horseradish sauce.
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