Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
Valet to the marchese di Voghera
Etiquette – Master
Bribery – Master
Bargaining – Master
The Vestini family were servants in the household of the conti di Verrua for generations, and Vittorio (b. 1583) was first a groom, then later a valet, to Filiberto Gherardo Scaglia during the count’s service as the duca di Savoia‘s ordinary ambassador to Paris. Cardinal Maurizio de Savoia and Scaglia di Verrua negotiated the marriage of the Marie-Christine de France to the principe di Piemonte on behalf of the Savoyard court, and Vestini was frequently present during the count’s audiences with the French princesse.
The conte di Verrua died in 1619, and Vestini accompanied the principessa’s party to Turin. The principessa’s new chancellor, the marchese di Voghera, took Vestini into his service due to his intimate knowledge of the marriage arrangements. It is whispered that Vestini is the principessa’s true chamberlain, that Voghera defers to the valet’s judgement on matters pertaining to the principessa’s court.
Vestini is said to demand unswerving loyalty from the other servants in the principessa’s household. His manner is direct, his gaze unflinching, even with the courtiers and officers of the ducal household.