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The Italian Wars 1494-1559
Back in the days, Italy consisted of
several small states. To protect
themselves, these rivaling states
sought alliances with the rivaling
big powers of Europe.
Italy hence became the place where the
big guys could show off.
THE ITALIAN WARS?
The Italian Wars begun when
the king of France, invaded Italy in 1494.
France under Charles VIII, who ruled 1483-1498
A new chapter of the Italian Wars opened
in 1521 with the ongoing hostility between the king of France,
and Holy Roman Emperor
This phase lasted until the year 1544.
WHAT ENDED THE ITALIAN WARS?
The Treaty of
Cateau-Cambrésis in 1559 officially ended the Italian Wars.
THE BATTLES OF THE
Among others, there were
Battle of Marignano - September 13 - 14,
Battle of Villalar - April 23, 1521
Battle of La Bicocca - 1522
Battle of Pavia - February 24, 1525
And here is the map of Italy about 1494.
ITALY IN 1494
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