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Battle of Ravenna

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles on Thursday, 31 March 2011

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11 April marks the anniversary of the Battle of Ravenna in 1512.

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The death of Gaston de Foix, leader of the French forces at the Battle of Ravenna

One of a series of battles known as the War of the Holy League or the War of the League of Cambrai, it was part of the Italian Wars fought between 1508 and 1516 between France, the Papal States and the Republic of Venice, although many other European powers were involved. The League of Cambrai was an anti-Venetian alliance, created by Pope Julius II to curb Venetian power in northern Italy.

In 1511, Julius proclaimed a Holy League against France (who were supporting the Venetians), drawing into his alliance Spain, England and the Holy Roman Empire. Gaston de Foix was appointed to command French forces in Italy and besieged Ravenna, the last papal stronghold in the Romagna region.

De Foix was killed during the melee but the Spanish forces ranged against them fled.

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