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The Battle of Pavia, February 24, 1525, was the decisive engagement of the Italian War of 1521-25

The Battle of Pavia, February 24, 1525, was the decisive engagement of the Italian War of 1521-25


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The Battle of Pavia, February 24, 1525, was the decisive engagement of the Italian War of 1521-25

The Battle of Pavia, February 24, 1525, was the decisive engagement of the Italian War of 1521-25. A Spanish-Imperial army under the command of Charles de Lannoy attacked the French army under the personal command of Francis I of France. The French army was defeated. Francis himself, captured by the Spanish troops, was imprisoned by Charles V and forced to sign the humiliating Treaty of Madrid, surrendering significant territory to his captor

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This print from Universal Images Group (UIG) depicts the historic Battle of Pavia, which took place on February 24,1525. This decisive engagement marked a turning point in the Italian War of 1521-25. The image showcases a Spanish-Imperial army led by Charles de Lannoy launching a fierce attack against the French army commanded personally by Francis I of France. In this moment frozen in time, we witness the intensity and chaos of battle as both sides clash with unwavering determination. Unfortunately for Francis I and his troops, victory was not to be theirs on that fateful day. The French army suffered defeat at the hands of their Spanish adversaries. The consequences were dire for Francis himself as he became a captive of the Spanish forces. Imprisoned by Charles V, he was compelled to sign the humiliating Treaty of Madrid under duress. This treaty resulted in significant territorial losses for France, surrendering lands to his captor. The significance of this event reverberated throughout European history and forever altered political dynamics in Italy and beyond. It serves as a reminder that even great leaders can face defeat and humiliation on the battlefield. Through this remarkable photo print, UIG allows us to delve into an important chapter in both Spanish and Italian history – one filled with triumphs, defeats, captivity, and diplomatic maneuverings that shaped nations during this tumultuous period between 1521-25.

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