Spanish and French armies fought on Italian soil

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Spanish and French armies fought on Italian soil, debating claims to pieces of Italian  territory and demanding that the Pope declare for one side or the other. Pope Clement  VII proved himself incapable of making a steadfast decision, changing his mind  sometimes on less than an hour's notice. After one particularly sudden and ill-advised  change, Charles V ranted, "I will come into Italy and revenge myself on the fool of a  pope."  The 'imperial' army of some 22,000 Spaniards, Italians, and Germans, assembled in  Lombardy during the winter of 1526 to 1527. The army was not truly controlled by any  single leader, but after defeating the French in a major set battle, they demanded  payment, a little of which they received from Spain, some of which they took from the  broken Milanese, who had been subjugated to Imperial-Spanish rule. Much of the  demanded payment went unmet. The army, angry and hungry, moved south. Spain, 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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