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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

April 30th, 1524 - The Battle of Sesia

Conflict: Italian Wars (1494-1559)

Combatants: French vs. Spanish

Location: Italy

Outcome: Spanish victory

At Sesia on April 30th, 1524, a Spanish Imperial army led by Charles de Lannoy routed the French army invading Italy. Pierre Terrail, the Lord of Bayard, was killed leading a failed counterattack. The French were forced to retreat back across the Alps.

The Chevaliar Bayard by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Points of Interest:

  • After the victory at Sesia, an Imperial army invaded France in July but retreated before superior reinforcements in October.

  • After the failed Spanish invasion of France, the French countered by re-invading Italy in later October 1524. Charles de Lannoy withdrew from Milan to Pavia.

Charles di Lannoy by an unknown artist
Pierre Terrail de Bayard by an unknown artist



Dupuy, R. Ernest & Dupuy, Trevor N. (1993). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military History. New York: HarperCollins.

Eggenberger, David (1985). An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.

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