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The state of Milan and the spanish monarchy

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From the start of the Italian Wars in 1494, Milan was a battleground. The French invasions led to the decline of the local Sforza dynasty, and from 1499 to 1512, Louis XII claimed the title of Duke of Milan. The dethroned Sforza dynasty, longed for by a part of the local nobility and dependent on the interested complicity of certain kings and rulers, constantly threatened to ambush French domination in Lombardy. The future of the State of Milan was the focus of Sforza aspirations and Habsburg interests as well as that of the Lombard oligarchy’s network of connivances and intentions of other Italian rulers. This chapter traces the fight for Lombardy and the conquest of Milan from the failed policies of its last Sforza rulers, its devolution to Charles V, and its place within the Spanish Monarchy to the end of Spanish rule and the War of the Spanish Succession.

Keywords: Charles V; French invasions; Habsburg Monarch; Lombardy; Sforza dynasty; Spanish Monarchy; State of Milan



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