200 YEARS AGO: Buonaparte gave his word of honour to the Count Cobentzel and the other Plenipotentiaries at Campo Formio
, that Switzerland and the Pope's dominion should not be disturbed nor change matters.
Even when Austria was forced out of the war, ceding Belgium and a strong position in Italy and the Rhineland to France at the Treaty of Campo Formio in October 1797, Britain fought on and the peace' was nothing more than a fragile truce shattered less than a year later by the advent of the War of the Second Coalition.
Bonaparte made sure he took the credit for the Continental peace brought by the Treaty of Campo Formio.
As one of the Italian ambassadors who met Napoleon I in 1797 at Campo Formio
, Cesarotti praised him in an epic poem called Pronea (1807; "Providence").