La guerra lampo di Carlo VIII in Italia

Autore: Bruno Figliuolo
In: I libri di Viella. 126

The Blitzkrieg of Charles VIII in Italy

The battles, which rapidly lead Charles VIII to conquer the realm of Naples in 1494, are testified and told by the contemporary Italian ambassadors, who followed the French army and wrote careful accounts, mainly unpublished, of the expedition. From their words it appears clear that in the French victory a decisive role was played by the enormous number of soldiers employed by the French king, by the technologically advanced war means (especially modern artillery), and by the revolutionary way of fighting of Charles’ troops. Hence the paper suggests to reconsider the traditional interpretation of the Italian State’s crisis between the 15th and 16th century, based on Machiavelli’s and Guicciardini’s works, which underline the internal grounds of the Italian decline, and to take into the right account the extraordinary power of the French army.