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The Italian Wars

Volume 1: The Expedition of Charles VIII into Italy and the Battle of Fornovo

The Italian Wars : Volume 1: The Expedition of Charles VIII into Italy and the Battle of Fornovo

Series : From Retinue to Regiment 1435-1618

Author : Vincenzo Alberici, Predonzani Massimo
Translator : Irene Maccolini

Paperback Helion & Company 248mm x 180mm 136 pages c 45 b/w ills & maps, 8 colour plates

Not yet published - in Autumn 2019 list

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On 6 July 1495 a sudden gunshot came from the right bank of the Taro River in the Gerola Valley, near Fornovo (not far from Parma); shortly afterwards a sky full of clouds unleashed its fury on a wretched battlefield. That gunshot kicked off a battle which changed warfare and represented the starting point of a raging conflict known as the Italian Wars. Francesco II Gonzaga, a brave commander and leader of the League, challenged the fury of the flooding Taro River in a clash against Charles VIII, a contemptuous king who ravaged the peninsula from Piedmont to Campania and spread terror wherever his terrible mercenaries set foot. This volume, The Italian Wars Volume 1. The expedition of Charles VIII into Italy and the Battle of Fornovo, offers an accurate analysis of every frantic stage of the battle. The reader will be transported into the heart of battle and exposed to the rumble of thunder and the clash of arms. They will see how the encounter wore out both sides, leading the opponents to an unclear resolution: both armies claimed victory. The text offers a detailed description of the composition of the armies, the weapons, and the armour, as well as of the heraldry borne by captains and shown on standards. Such analysis is based on the authors’ research on Italian and French contemporary documents and pictures. Wonderful painted illustrations are shown on charts, thus delivering an immediate and clear overview of the men and the colours on the battlefield.

Additional Information

Publisher
Helion & Company
ISBN
9781912866526
Date of Publication
December 2019
Binding
Paperback
Book Size
248mm x 180mm
Pages
136 pages
Images
c 45 b/w ills & maps, 8 colour plates
Language
English text
Helion Book Code
HEL1142
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