By Dr Christine Shaw (It
This can be a pioneering exam of the impression of the the most important primary part of the Italian Wars at the society, politics and tradition of Italy, and the way the event of those campaigns and their results affected the fighters and how they observed Italy and the Italians. The essays conceal a vast variety of topics from fortifications and army association to civic and royal ritual, tune and musicians to universities, political society and international relations to the heritage of rules. jointly they throw mild at the complicated results of the wars, how Italians attempted to provide an explanation for and to react to the dramatic adjustments those introduced, and the way the ecu powers who conquered and occupied Italian states handled their new matters.
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Knecht, Francis I (Cambridge, 1982), pp. 125–8; a revised version in idem, Renaissance Warrior and Patron. The Reign of Francis I (Cambridge, 1996). A major general study is that of P. Hamon, L’agent du roi. Les ﬁnances de François I er (Paris, 1994). ’25 It is to the ﬁrst part of this passage that I wish lastly to turn. 26 These proposals for military reform emerged in the records of Gié’s trial. Etienne Petit, a long-serving secretary and ﬁnancial oﬃcial, was instructed to search out the records of the ban et arrière-ban (the provincial feudal levies).
Courteault, ‘Le dossier “Naples” des Archives Nicolai’, Annuaire-Bulletin de la Société historique de France, 1916, no. 49, pp. 197–8. 12 Courteault, ‘Le dossier “Naples” ’, nos. 65, pp. 219–21, and 67, pp. 223–4 (three carracks with 3,000 charges de blé at Gaeta early in June). the inquest on the french defeat in naples 1503‒4 27 at 20 carlini everywhere that I wish to purchase them . . May it be your good pleasure to send . . 13 The ﬁnancial oﬃcials in turn set out their own griefs. In a letter of 11 June, for example, Louis Poncher, général des ﬁnances, sought to recover some money from certain merchants in order to pay the infantry: I know well how necessary it is that the said Swiss and infantry be promptly paid; but, if it is to gain entry to Paradise I could not do any better .
33 R. J. Knecht, French Renaissance Monarchy: Francis I and Henry II (London, 1984), p. 49. 37 It was not only with the Cardinal d’Amboise that Machiavelli may have had conversations on warfare and politics. For the French, the matter of solving the problem of an eﬃcient infantry force was far from being merely a humanistic rhetorical exercise. Their continuing reliance on hiring Swiss mercenaries, and the problems that these forces caused, was arguably at the root of French military failures in the years subsequent to the defeat in Naples.