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  1. In 1494 King Charles VIII of France led an army southward over the Alps, seeking the Neapolitan crown and glory. Many believed that this barely literate gnome of a man, hunched over his horse, was the Second Charlemagne, whose coming had been long predicted by French and Italian prophets. Apparently, Charles himself believed this; it is recorded that, when he was chastised by Savonarola for ...

  2. In reply, Ludovico successfully urged King Charles VIII of France to vindicate the claims of the French royal house to Naples. Charles’s response was at first stunningly effective. He crossed the Alps in early September 1494 and marched south. At Florence, Lorenzo’s successor, his son Piero de’ Medici, had declared in favour of Ferdinand.

  3. List of French monarchs. From top; left to right: Robert I, Hugh Capet, Louis IX, Francis I, Henry IV, Louis XIV, Louis XVI, Napoleon I, Napoleon III. Ruled from the start of the Frankish Kingdom in 486 to 1870. During most of its history, France was ruled by kings. Four Carolingian monarchs were also Roman Emperors and the Bonapartes were ...

  4. Nov 16, 2022 · King Charles VIII of France Timeline 1470-1498 Born – 30th June 1470 – Chateau d’Amboise, France Died – 7th April 1498 – Chateau d’Amboise, France Royal House – Valois Father – King Louis XI of France (1423 – 1483) Mother – Charlotte of Savoy (1441 – 1483) Spouse – Anne of Brittany (m. 1491)

  5. Jun 11, 2020 · King Charles VIII of France was born at the Château d’Amboise in France on June 30, 1470. He was the seventh of the eight children and the fourth and the only surviving son of the five sons of King Louis XI of France and his second wife Charlotte of Savoy.

  6. 1536–38. 1542–46. 1551–59. Full list of battles. The First Italian War, sometimes referred to as the Italian War of 1494 or Charles VIII's Italian War, was the opening phase of the Italian Wars. The war pitted Charles VIII of France, who had initial Milanese aid, against the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, and an alliance of Italian powers led ...

  7. Oct 21, 2016 · When Charles VIII of France invaded Naples in the first of the Italian Wars in 1495 a new disease broke out among his soldiers – it was syphilis. Although its mortality can’t be compared with the mortality caused by the Bubonic plague it was still one of the most dangerous diseases in the history of mankind.

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