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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Table of ContentsOpposing Commanders/Opposing Forces/The Origins of the Campaign/The Battle of Pavia/The Aftermath/The Battlefield Today/Chronology/Wargaming Pavia/Further Reading
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Like the rest of the books in the Opsrey Canpaign series, this one covers the events leading up to one single battle and the fighting and aftermath. IN this case, the battle of Pavia in 1525 between the invading French under Francis I -- a classic late medieval army with a core of armored men at arms, a fine artillery train, and a body of Swiss mercenary pikemen against a Spanish-German-Italian force that focused more on pikemen and the new weapon, the arquebus. The French were seeking to gain control of Milan, the wealthiest duchy in Italy. The book details how this lead to, almost accidentally, the greatest battle of the Italian Wars, the destruction of the French army, and the capture of the king. The book goes into detail about the commanders on either side, the troops of thee armies and their weapons, and provides several full-color maps that show the movements of the troops over the several hours of the battle with great detail. I found the book utterly fascinating -- the Italian Wars were one of the greatest struggles of the first half of the 16th century, and they are almost unknown in the USA. An amazing history for the specialist and interested amateur alike!