The Carbonari had many prominent members in their society. Two such members were Silvio Pellico and Pietro Maroncelli. The two were held in a prison in Austria for many years. When Pellico was released, he wrote a book entitled Le mie prigioni. The book described his ten years in prison. Pellico’s friend Maroncelli, who lost a leg while in the Austrian prison, was crucial in the translating and editing of the book in Paris. Two other influential and powerful leaders in the Carbonari include Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi.
The Carbonari’s revolution for a unified, liberal Italy was put down by the French and the Austrian Habsburgs. The French and the Austrians silenced this rebellion because they still wanted to have their enormous power in Italy. Louis Napoleon led the French against the uprising of the Carbonari. After the uprisings were extinguished, the Italians lost hope for their new Italy and began to believe that their unified Italy would never come to be. The unification of Italy was eventually reached, however, between 1860-1870. The Carbonari succeeded in their goal of the unification of Italy, even though many of the members did not live to see it happen.