By Michael Edward Mallett
The Italian Wars of 1494-1559 had an immense impression traditionally of Renaissance Europe. during this very important textual content, Michael Mallett and Christine Shaw position the clash in the political and monetary context of the wars. Emphasising the space among goals and methods of the political masters and what their commanders and troops may possibly really accomplish at the flooring, they examine advancements in army strategies and the tactical use of firearms and look at how Italians of all sectors of society reacted to the wars and the inevitable political and social switch that they introduced about.
The historical past of Renaissance Italy is at present being extensively rethought by way of historians. This ebook is a tremendous contribution to this re-assessment, and should be crucial examining for all scholars of Renaissance and armed forces history.
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The pope was willing to stand by his ally only as long as that seemed to be the best safeguard for his own position. The Roman barons, who held much of the territory and many of the fortresses in the western and southern Papal States, were either in the service of Charles or not prepared to see their lands ruined and their strongholds destroyed in Alfonso’s cause. The French army’s progress through Italy had not been a destructive raid intended to weaken the resources and sap the morale of the enemy, but what resistance they had encountered had been met by sack and massacre when Charles’s troops had shown the price to be paid for defying their might.
Shortly after this, Francis died, leaving his eldest daughter, Anne, heiress to the duchy at the age of eleven. Young as she was, she continued her father’s independent policy, and her allies confirmed their support. In late 1490, Anne accepted a proxy marriage with Maximilian, who had been a widower for some years. A combination of French military and diplomatic pressure persuaded Anne to set aside her unconsummated marriage with Maximilian and marry Charles instead in December 1491. For France, the resolution of the Breton wars promised closer integration of the duchy of Brittany into the kingdom, provided Charles and Anne produced an heir.
He had developed a considerable interest in military affairs, in the organization of war and the exercise of war. Undoubtedly he underestimated the problems posed by an Italian expedition, and found it difficult to steer a course through the cross-currents of advice that he was offered. Most of the advisers who encouraged his interest in Italy were seeking to further their own interests in one way or another, but the majority of his councillors were opposed to any expedition to conquer Naples, particularly one to be led by the king in person.
The Italian Wars 1494-1559: War, State and Society in Early Modern Europe by Michael Edward Mallett