Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Battle of Pavia 1525


From the Marco Rognoni YouTube channel

La battaglia di Pavia - promo

Regia/montaggio di Marco Rognoni - camera: Fabio Ferri, Marco Rognoni


Battle of Pavia (Wikipedia):

The Battle of Pavia, fought on the morning of 24 February 1525, was the decisive engagement of the Italian War of 1521–26.

A Spanish-Imperial army under the nominal command of Charles de Lannoy (and working in conjunction with the garrison of Pavia, commanded by Antonio de Leyva) attacked the French army under the personal command of Francis I of France in the great hunting preserve of Mirabello outside the city walls. In the four-hour battle, the French army was split and defeated in detail. The French suffered massive casualties, including many of the chief nobles of France; Francis himself, captured by the Spanish troops, was imprisoned by Charles V and forced to sign the humiliating Treaty of Madrid, surrendering significant territory to his captor. The outcome of the battle cemented Spanish Habsburg ascendancy in Italy.


There were actually six historical "battles of Pavia." Pavia was known as Ticinum during the "Siege of Pavia" which occurred between 569 and 572 CE; and where the Langobards defeated forces of the late Western Roman Empire. They then made Ticinum their capitol; in which it served as the capitol of the entire Cisalpine region.


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