On April 7th 1926, Violet Gibson, a 49-year-old Anglo-Irish woman, stepped out of a crowd in Piazza del Campidoglio and fired a shot at Benito Mussolini. The bullet grazed his nose. She fired a second shot, but the gun jammed. At that point her attempt to assassinate Italy's dictator came to an abrupt end.
Gibson was imprisoned in Italy for a year and a half before a deal was agreed between Mussolini and the British government, the result of which led to her being locked up in an asylum in Northampton for the rest of her life. She died in 1956.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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