42. Tommaso Natale (1733 -1819)

Marquis of Monte Rosato, Natalie was philologist, politician, lawyer and poet. He knew the classical languages, he learned French and English and, still young, became interested in poetry, philosophy, law and history. He became famous in 1756 thanks to a comment in verse to the philosophy of Gottfried Leibniz.

Natale advocated the splitting of the great Sicilian feuds in smaller plots and wrote the essay “Policy issues around the effectiveness of the penalties”, which anticipated the themes developed later by Cesare Beccaria. He had an intense cultural life and for his time can be defined as a man of European culture. He advocated the secularization of teaching to ensure effective education. At age 51 he married Rosalia Gugino with whom he had nine children.

He was state councilor, counselor to the Supreme Judge of Commerce, as well as member of various councils including Royal Mail and Land Registry. In 1819, the year of his death, the new Penal Code of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was signed into law. The new code contained the reforms advocated by Natale.

Read More: Wikipedia, https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommaso_Natale_(giurista)

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