In 1814, while Napoleon was banished in the island of Elba, the Empress Marie Louise and her grandmother,
Marie Caroline, Queen of Naples, happened to meet at Vienna. The one, who had been deprived of the French
crown, was seeking to be put in possession of her new realm, the Duchy of Parma; the other, who had fled
from Sicily to escape the yoke of her pretended protectors, the English, had come to demand the restitution of
her kingdom of Naples, where Murat continued to rule with the connivance of Austria.