Pavia 1525: The Climax of the Italian Wars

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Pavia 1525: The Climax of the Italian Wars

English | ISBN: 1855325047 | | 96 Pages | PDF | 16 MB

Osprey’s Campaign title for the climax of the Italian Wars (1494-1559). The battle of Pavia has been hailed as the first modern battle, marking the rise of hand held weapons as a tool of warfare. In this titanic clash – the most decisive of the Italian Wars, caused by French territorial ambitions in first the Kingdom of Naples and then the Duchy of Milan – the French troops were smashed by the Spanish Imperial Army. King Francis I was captured, and the cream of his nobility slaughtered. France’s greatest defeat since Agincourt, the battle dramatically swung the balance of power in Western Europe.

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