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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...when they met near Novara, April 5th, 1500. The infantry on both sides was almost entirely composed of Swiss; those in the French army, however, had been furnished by the Common League, and marched under the banners of their several Cantons; while those in the ranks of the Duke had been hired without the sanction of their government. The Swiss Diet had issued an order that Swiss should not engage one another, a breach of which would have rendered those in Lodovico's service guilty of treason; and the latter, in consequence, when the French, after a short cannonade were about to charge, withdrew into Novara, and were followed by the rest of the army. In the ensuing night Lodovico's Swiss began to parley with the French, and engaged to evacuate the country on receiving a safe-conduct. As a pretext for their desertion, they clamorously demanded their arrears of pay; and all they would allow the victim of their perfidy was, that he should conceal himself in their ranks when they evacuated the town. On the following morning, Sforza, now old and feeble, put on the frock of a Cordelier, to pass himself off for chaplain of the Swiss mercenaries, and might have escaped in this disguise had not a Swiss soldier betrayed him for a reward of 200 crowns. He was seized and taken to the Castle of Novara. The Swiss in their retreat perfidiously seized Bellinzona, at which Louis XII. was forced to connive; and they thus secured an entrance into the Milanese Duchy. Consternation reigned at Milan. When Cardinal d'Amboise returned thither accompanied by Trivulzio, a long procession of men and women, with bare heads, and clothed in white, repaired to the town-hall to deprecate his anger for their "accursed rebellion." D'Amboise, however, did not abuse his...show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236582218