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Flag of the Spanish troops in the Battle of Pavia 1525 (Spain)

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[Flag of the Spanish troops in the Battle of Pavia 1525 (Spain)]
image by Sergio Camero, exported to GIF by Santiago Dotor

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This flag can be observed in the tapestries made in 1530 by J. Gheetels, in Naples' Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Source: Antonio Manzano Lahoz, Las Banderas Históricas del Ejército Español.

Sergio Camero, 24 August and 2 October 2001

The battle of Pavia is probably considered as a milestone in Spanish history, but is of course not so popular in French history books. On 24 February 1525, the Imperial troops led by Emperor Charles V defeated the French troops led by Francois I, who was captured during the battle. Francois I was released only on 17 March 1526, his two sons being sent to Spain as hostages. Several French nobles were killed during the disastrous battle, the most famous of them being the Marshall of France Jacques II de Chabannes, Seigneur de Lapalice.

Ivan Sache, 3 October 2001