Francis I of France besieging Pavia, Italy, 28th October 1524 (1882-1884). The French were unsuccessful in their attempt to take Pavia from the army of the Holy Roman Empire during the Italian Wars of 1521-1526. They laid siege to the city, but in February 1525 were decisively defeated at the Battle of Pavia. Francis himself was captured and was compelled by the Emperor Charles V to sign the Treaty of Madrid, which left the Spanish Habsburgs in control of Italy. A print from La France et les Français à Travers les Siècles, Volume II, F Roy editor, A Challamel, Saint-Antoine, 1882-1884.
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