|PATRIOT, PREACHER (ITALY)|
BORN 12 Aug 1800, Cento, Emilia-Romagna - DIED 8 Aug 1849, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna|
GRAVE LOCATION Bologna, Emilia-Romagna: Cimitero monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Via della Certosa 18 (Chiostro VI, in the crypt)
Ugo Bassi was educated at the University of Bologna before an unhappy love affair Ugo Bassi made him join the Barnabite order when he was eighteen years old. He became a well known preacher that attracted large followings everywhere he went. He lived mostly in Bologna but he travelled all over Italy to preach.
When the revolution of 1848 broke out he considered pope Pius IX an Italian nationalist and he joined Durando's papal force as an army chaplain. After the pope had fled Rome, he sided with Garibaldi's troops and tended the wounded, several times risking his own life.
Garibaldi escaped from Rome, but Bassi and Count Livraghi were captuted near Comacchio. They were handed over to the Austrians and escorted to Bologna. There they were tried and sentenced to death. They were executed on 8 August 1849. Bassi's execution shocked liberals all over Europe.
Ugo Bassi - Wikipedia