Friday, May 5


The Third of May, 1808

I wanted to post on this subject earlier this week, but forgot. May 2-3 mark, respectively, the date of the first great uprising against the Napoleonic invasion of Spain, and the bloody reprisals that followed, as seen in the phantasmagoric image above by Francisco Goya y Lucientes. As someone who had an ancestor--or possibly an ancestral relative, the family copy of the Dictionary of Cuban Biography is back at home, so I can't check for sure--involved in the fighting, and who also can't help feeling some solidarity with these warriors of Spain against the despotic forces of French rationalism, it seems only appropriate to pause and remember the fallen of that day here on the Shrine.

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