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Flags of the Spanish troops in the Battle of Pavia, 1525 (Spain)

Last modified: 2011-06-10 by eugene ipavec
Keywords: pavia | cross: saltire (white) | saltire (white) | fly: rounded |
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[Flag of the Spanish troops in the Battle of Pavia, 1525 (Spain)]
image by Sergio Camero, exported to GIF by Santiago Dotor

[Flag of the Spanish troops in the Battle of Pavia, 1525 (Spain)]
image by Sergio Camero, 10 Sep 2006

 
 


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The [left] flag can be observed in the tapestries made in 1530 by J. Gheetels, in Naples' Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Source: Manzano 1997 [mzn97].

Sergio Camero, 24 Aug and 02 Oct 2001

The [right] flag is that of Spanish Infantry in the Battle of Pavía (1525). As all the Spanish military Flags of the time, it takes the cross of Borgoña, the most important symbol on Spanish military Flags. It is important also that this element one can observe on Spanish soldiers' uniforms, for example in a tapestry of 1550, where this symbol is embroidered in the uniform of a Spanish gunner.

Sergio Camero, 10 Sep 2006

The battle of Pavia is probably considered as a milestone in Spanish history, but is of course not so popular in French history books. On 24 February 1525, the Imperial troops led by Emperor Charles V defeated the French troops led by Francois I, who was captured during the battle. Francois I was released only on 17 March 1526, his two sons being sent to Spain as hostages. Several French nobles were killed during the disastrous battle, the most famous of them being the Marshall of France Jacques II de Chabannes, Seigneur de Lapalice.

Ivan Sache, 03 Oct 2001

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