Famous People

In the past and during present times, some well-known names have marked the history of our village, sometimes in the general news, sometimes by playing an important role at the side of eminent historical personalities or by transmitting through literature a certain image of Evisa.

Other more or less well known key figures have played an important part in the civil society over the last few decades.


Minicale, 20th century poet

Born on the 13th November in Evisa, Dominique Andreotti known as  “Minicale” was the son of Pierre-Antoine Andreotti and Angèle-Marie Ceccaldi. After the death of his mother when he was very young and then of his father when he was 9 years old, he was taken in by a close family friend, Matteu Ceccaldi known as “Curpittone”, who looked after him as if he were his own.

Matteu Ceccaldi was a shepherd and a butcher and the young Dominique always tagged along to the mountains, singing. His childhood was soothed by songs and offhand poetry. Everything was an excuse to improvise: the sight of a bird, a flowing river, a scent, a neighbourhood quarrel, any old thing… were sources of inspiration and Minicale’s magical creations weren’t just descriptive, he brought his characters to life! While he was in the village of Serriera in 1883, he met and contended with the poet Santu Casanova all night. He was only 15 years old. Santu Casanova said of him: “this young man is going to draw attention; he is a river of poetry.”

Minicale composed over 100 poems, he attended all the poetic meetings, verbal sparring matches in which he was feared and almost always won. His talent was recognized by the greatest men in that field. His gift deserved not only to be known but renowned.
Participation of Mme Patricia Ceccaldi

Minicale is mainly known as a lively improviser, always ready with a quick reply and cutting irony. We also remember the man as being close to nature, the shepherd inspired by its beauty. Yet Minicale sang of love, celebrated womanhood, he put forward his political and patriotic convictions, dealt with surprising subjects, and the whole of his works often bring up many unexpected topics.”

Extract from thé Biography – Chapter I – Who was Minicale – Alain Vitton Andreotti.

 

Général Fiorello Ceccaldi

General Fiorello Ceccaldi (1802-1869) was the general physician of Napoléon III ; but also a surgeon, general of military health services and chief doctor of Constantine Hospital (Algeria) from 1841 to 1851. He died in Evisa in 1869.

Théodore Poli, bandit of the Aïtone Forest

Known as “The King of the Forest”, he was one of the most famous Corsican bandits of the XIXth century. Born in Guagno in 1799, he was imprisoned for desertion in 1820 by the brigadier Petit of the police, who he had previously considered his friend, for not doing his military service. He ran away into the mountains after having shot the brigadier from Guagno. He was then a deserter and a murderer.

In order to survive, he created in 1820 a small community of bandits « La République des Bandits» of which he was the chief under the name of “King of the Mountain”. He had the Aïtone Convention adopted, in this way he taxed the local clergymen for sums proportionate to their supposed wealth, but also local solicitors and tax collectors! He obtained the complicity of the local population for many years, during which he attacked different police stations, including Evisa’s, to steal clothes and weapons.

Théodore Poli is said to have wiped out a gang of Sardinian thieves and looters in the Bonifacio area; to have stormed the Bastia police station in order to get some boots, and to have saved his accomplice, the poet “Mascaroni” by killing his executioner and freeing him from the police. In 1822, the government created the battalion of Corsican Infantrymen to try to overcome Theodore Poli and his crew of around 800 men. This militia were guided towards the bandit by a betrayer on the 5th February 1831, the day he died.

USEFUL : The Poetry Path in the heart of the village resumes some of the texts of local poets. The village council is currently considering a cultural day dedicated to Minigale.

Guy de Maupassant “A life”

Guy de Maupassant stayed in Corsica for two months, from September to October 1880. He visited the whole island starting in Ajaccio where his sick mother lived. He travelled around the Spelunca Gorges and the village of Evisa. The scenery was a source of inspiration, especially for passages in his novel “A life” published in 1883 which tells of the misfortunes of Jeanne, a young aristocrat whose only moments of happiness were to be brought to her during her honeymoon, on a long horse-riding trip she took with her Fiancé from Ajaccio to Bastia.

Mathieu Ceccaldi

Auteur d’un dictionnaire “corse-français” et d’une anthologie de la littérature corse. Il a donné son nom à l’école d’Evisa.

Daniel Ceccaldi (1927-2003)

Acteur de cinéma et de théâtre, réalisateur.

Philippe Massoni

Ancien préfet de Police de Paris et ancien conseiller du Président de la République pour la sécurité, il est l’auteur en 2011 de l’ouvrage “Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet”

 

 

The Aïtone Convention

 

 Article 1er

The undersigned Corsican bandits, assembled in the Aïtone forest, have unanimously elected and declared Theodore Poli of Guagno as their leader.

Article 2

They promise to obey him completely, and grant him, if need be, the right to their life or death.

Article 3

The elected leader will be accountable to no-one concerning his decisions regarding war.

Article 4

Justice will be decided by court martial proceedings, the members of which will be elected by the majority of votes of a secret ballot.

Article 5

Any individual, bandit, guide, protector or other, suspected of treason, shall appear before the court by contradiction or by default and if he is found guilty shall be unfailingly sentenced to death.

Article 6

Any bandit convicted of theft or any other crime against property will be deprived of the right to weapons from 8 days to 1 month and made to sit out of activities for a variable amount of time. In the case of repeated offences, they will be removed from the register.

Article 7

In the case of a bandit being too seriously injured to run away or to be transported, the others will burn his brain in order to spare him from the gallows, etc., etc…

Signatures beneath

 

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