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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.


Opposing Commanders * Opposing Forces * The Origins of the Campaign * The Battle of Pavia * The Aftermath * The Battlefield Today * Chronology * Wargaming Pavia * Further Reading

  • AUTHOR: Konstam/Turner
  • FORMAT: 96pp col/Bw 246x198 Pb
  • Code: 12080

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