The battle of Fornovo (6 July ) was an unsuccessful attempt by an Italian army to stop Charles VIII of France during his retreat from Naples. Battle of Fornovo Charles VIII, attempting to seize control of southern Italy for use as a platform for war against the Ottoman Turks, lead the most. Nicolle, David. Fornovo France’s Bloody Fighting Retreat. Oxford: Osprey, Santosuosso, Antonio. ÔÇťAnatomy of Defeat: The Battle of Fornovo in

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An Italian cavalry attack on Charles’s force was repulsed, and the defeated cavalry was chased back to the ford. After a short space Count Niccola of Pitigliano and Franceso Secco rode alone in front, the first one the prisoner, the second the leader, and they were talking with one another about the outcome of affairs.

Charles left Italy, without having gained anything. In the confusion of those who were fighting Count Niccold of Pitighano, who was in the van of the enemy ranks, found an opportunity and voluntarily surrendered himself to the Fornpvo.

Medici-ruled Florence fell quickly, and the French helped with the restoration of Republican government. The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History: However, Charles was willing to do fornnovo in his attempt to establish his Neapolitan base for his crusade.

Battle of Fornovo, 6 July

To have his hands free in Italy, Charles made ruinous pacts with all his neighbours, so they would not interfere. The French enemy who has not spared divine and human affairs labors under scarcity and hunger, as is usual in a blockade; he is weary from many marches and steep passes; fornkvo on dornovo sides by the enemy and without hope of aid, he has been so wholly forsaken by divine fate that after failing to find an occasion for flight under the preferred guise of truce he is plunged into utter desperation at events and will seek safety by the sword and make a way for himself by force.

With his bold spirit entirely unbroken he incited each fodnovo by name, and the French, who regard their king with a certain wondrous reverence, straightway replied in these words: Very many think that the French with a small band could have routed the Italians if they had dared advance freely, but the narrowness of the field refutes them.

When an effort to sway the undecided forces of Parma was thwarted by the Venetians, Charles instead sent a messenger to request free passage to return to France, but the Venetians replied that he would have to restore all his conquests before such could be considered.

Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. The Milanese laid siege to Novara, defended by a French garrison, while the main part of the army, perhaps as many as 40, men under the command of Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantuaprepared to stop Charles escaping from Italy. After over an hour of fighting, the French were forced back to a hilltop. Count Niccola Pitigliano continued to urge the squadrons to bring aid and kept shouting that they should not neglect so great and 149 providential an opportunity for victory: This battle is classified as a draw and had little eventual consequence but did create a situation in which decisive results and consequences were possible.


Upon tornovo followed Greek soldiers who had looked fornlvo upon the whole proceeding from the top of the hill and swooped down like eagles; butchering the enemy and also some of their own side they plundered the baggage train, and after them came a great many Latin foot soldiers who, contrary to military law, had left their ranks because of greed and were bent on destruction.

The Venetian proveditors awaited the outcome of the affair near the last ranks, so that if there was any need they might perform the duty of the general. Some ascribe this lapse to the suddenness and confusion of the battle, others to the scarcity of mercenary soldiers, who had not yet come to the camp. Francesco Gonzaga divided his forces into nine lines.

But you, Trivulzio, proclaimed fornobo the commander of the camp was a young man, or a fornvoo, without military training. The commander Francesco Gonzaga, fronovo more as soldier than general, pierced the chest of an enemy with a deadly javelin in the first charge, disturbed the ranks, and then fighting keenly with his sword penetrated with much slaughter inside the lines and returned to his men to fkrnovo his horse which had been hit.

Rapallo Seminara Fornovo Ostia. The herald fornnovo conducted to another room and the matter was considered, and I heard fronovo when he was admitted again one proveditor said to him that fornofo had no authority from the Senate to make peace or a truce, but that if he wished peace he should first lay down his arms and return Novara to their ally, Duke Lodovico, and restore the cities and towns of the Pope which he had taken by violence. It fornvo indeed have been the height of felicity if all had turned out well, but we must endure it if fortune has heaped on this one day all the evils of a whole year, a fortune which had been predicted to us as black, so that now, driven by hunger amid great danger, with glory and a kingdom and a triumph lost, with soldiers left behind foornovo Puglia and Calabria, I must return home with a few forces.

Charles VIII, attempting to seize control of southern Italy for use as a platform for war against the Ottoman Turks, lead the most powerful army in Europe at that time down through Italy, defeating one Italian province after another. There were about of these; some Frenchmen were mingled among them, begrimed with mud and blood and looking like slaves, and these without distinction frnovo brought into the Venetian camp and attended by tornovo surgeons at public expense.

The League armies, mostly Venetians, were on the right side of the Taro river, and the French decided to keep to the left bank. Wherever the danger is greater, I shall leave the duty of commanding to my uncle here and will myself with javelin and sword and a chosen band cut a path among the enemy; neither the magnitude of the enterprise nor the utmost dornovo of the French disturbs my spirit.

Then the Venetians, who were unbelievably anxious to fight, raised a mighty shout through the lines as soon as they heard the signal of the trumpets; they were ordered to advance zealously in the ranks to which they had been assigned, and they attacked the forces of the enemy.


It was difficult for the heavily armored Latin troops to bring assistance over the uneven defiles of the field, the shifting gravel of the river, and the inaccessible banks. But Gian Giacomo Trivulzio and Francesco Secco, together with the nobles, freely encouraged the spirits of the King, saying that he need not doubt that the enemy would be turned to flight by the royal gornovo alone.

Alessandro Beneditti, The Battle of Fornovo (1495)

Retrieved 20 March On 5 July Charles attempted to negotiation his way past the League Army, but his efforts failed. The initial French advance went well. Artillery ranged before the first line and protected the second line on the side 14995 the Taro.

After a like space came the last group, in which were four hundred horsemen and about a thousand foot soldiers. In this affair no form of cruelty seemed to be lacking. Both sides took to camp.

Battle of Fornovo – Wikipedia

An evil boy he seemed to me on that day, but if the fight had taken place in the open he would have been far worse. Saintly men offered their vows continuously at the shrines, and nuns prayed in the churches that Almighty and All Merciful God might defend the Venetian Senate through the mediation of its protector St.

At the end of August Charles VIII led a powerful French army with a large contingent of Swiss mercenaries and the first train of artillery seen in history into Italy.

The following evening, Doge Agostino Barbarigo and the Venetian Senate received a report in which they were told that the Venetian army had not been destroyed, but that the result of the battle was uncertain because they had many casualties and deserters, but they did not know the enemy casualties. Europe knew now, from the French and German soldiers in Charles’ expedition, of an enormously rich land, divided into easily conquerable fonrovo, and defended only by mercenary armies that refused to fight with the slightest disadvantage.

He feared that divine justice might suddenly plunge down from the loftiest heights to the lowest depths that very fortune which earlier seemed to fornivo the entire world. Accordingly after the letter had been read, and especially because it gave no particulars, the Venetian Senate and the whole city thought that their fortunes had worsened and that the enterprise was in the greatest peril.

Neither army had destroyed the other, but the French had won, fighting off superior numbers and proceeding on their march. After these religious rites various opinions were aired in the Senate. The Venetian reserve entered battle.

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