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7 Allegiance and Rebellion II: The Italian Wars

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The Italian Wars, with the irruption of the kings of France and Spain and the emperor into the state system of the peninsula, complicated questions of allegiance for the military nobility throughout Italy. Many were faced with unavoidable choices, on which could hang grave consequences for themselves and their families. These choices weighed heavily on the barons of the kingdom of Naples and the castellans of Lombardy, the main areas of contention among the ultramontane powers. The bulk of the military nobility in these regions harboured no great affection or loyalty towards the Sforza dukes of Milan, Aragonese kings of Naples or Venetian patricians whose rule was challenged. Salerno's rebellion and his attempts to provoke uprisings in the kingdom, appearing off the coast with French and Turkish fleets in 1552 and 1553, did not arouse the support he hoped for, but reinforced Spanish prejudices about the untrustworthiness of Neapolitan barons.

Keywords: France; Italian Wars; Milan; Neapolitan barons; Salerno's rebellion; Spain



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