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The Italian Wars, 1494-1559


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Introduction. 1. The Genesis of the Wars and the First French Expedition. 2. Milan and Naples Overwhelmed, 1496-1503. 3. The Conflict Widens. 4. New Orders Struggling to be Born, 1512-1519. 5. The Contest for Supremacy in Italy, 1520-1529. 6. The Transformation of War. 7. The Resources of War. 8. Testing the Boundaries, 1529-47. 9. 1547-1559. 10. The Legacies of the Wars. Bibliography. Index.

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Part of the prestigious Modern Wars in Perspective series, this book from two leading scholars of Renaissance Italy is both an important contribution to military history and an acute political analysis of Early Modern Europe.

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The late Michael Mallett was Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Warwick and a distinguished historian of fifteenth- and sixteenth century Italy. His books included Mercenaries and their Masters: Warfare in Renaissance Italy (1974), and (with J.R.Hale) The Military Organization of a Renaissance State: Venice c.1400 to 1617 (1984). Christine Shaw has published extensively on the political and military society of Renaissance Italy. Her books include Julius II: The Warrior Pope (1993), The Politics of Exile in Renaissance Italy (2000), and (as editor) Italy and the European Powers: The Impact of War 1500-1530 (2006).


'Not just Italy but large swathes of Europe were drawn into the Italian Wars of the early sixteenth century. A great hole in the historical literature has at last been filled by this lucid and authoritative account of these events by two leading scholars in Renaissance history.'

David Abulafia, University of Cambridge, UK

'Italy is the neglected crucible of early modern European warfare, and this important book examines in detail both the conflicts which kept Italy a battleground through the first half of the sixteenth century, and the wider significance of the military developments which sprang from these Italian Wars.'

David Parrott, University of Oxford, UK

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