Yves d'Allegre Historical Profile

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YVES D'ALLEGRE Historical Profile
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Name: Yves d'Allegre
Born: c. 1450
Home town: Allegre, France
Died: Battle of Ravenna, 1512
Position: Bailiff of Dijon, Marshall of France
Personality type: chivalrous, honorable, brave, valiant
Famous for: The Battle of Ravenna 1512. Borgia related: Famous for capturing the "eyes and heart" of the pope (Adriana de Mila and Giulia Farnese) during the French invasion 1494 - also famous for capturing Caterina Sforza at Forli, 1500, when she was placed in the custody of Cesare Borgia.
Strength(s): famous military commander
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Yves d'Allegre

Le Marechal d'Allegre
- French School, 1522

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Yves d'Allegre (c. 1450 - battle of Ravenna, 1512) was an outstanding French captain who gained reknown in the early Italian Wars (1494-1512). In 1494 he took part in the first Italian War in which Charles VIII of France descended into Italy with 30,000 troops in the invasion of the kingdom of Naples. During the period of French occupation of Naples d'Allegre acted as governor of the Neapolitan province of Basilicata. In 1499 he led the French troops sent by Louis XII of France against the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza in the course of the war of Milan. At the end of the year, d' Allegre, in command of 300 lancers accompanied Cesare Borgia in the campaign against Imola and Forli, in the Romagna. In the year 1500 he returned towards Novara to expel the counterattack of Sforza. In 1501 d'Allegre marched again towards the kingdom of Naples, participating in the war of Naples against the Spanish troops of Fernando Gonzalo de Cordova. In 1503, after the defeat of Bérault Stuart d'Aubigny in the battle of Seminara and that of the French general Louis de Armagnac in the battle of Cerignola, d'Allegre took control of the French forces in the Garellano. He died in the battle of Ravenna in 1512 alongside his son Nivarais (Guicciardini, 249).

A unit of the French army were in the region between Rome and Capodimonte, where Giulia Farnese and Adriana de Mila were visiting Lucrezia, and afterwards Giulia's brother on his deathbed. "When Giulia has finally made up her mind to return home, [Giulia] together with her mother-in-law and he sister Gerolama, the party ran into a detachment of the French advance guard on the Viterbo road. This group, under the command of Yves d'Allegre, had already made a number of incursions into the territories of the Papal State. All three ladies were taken prisoner, and escorted to Montefiascone. The news left Italy convulsed with laughter, except for the Pope, who was horrifed, and hastily sent off Cardinal Ascanio [Sforza], accompanied by Galeazzo Sanseverino, to intercede with the King for the release of the three women. Their request was granted immediately. A guard of honour, composed of gallant French cavaliers, escorted them as far as the gates of Rome, where a much-relieved - and indeed jubilant - Alexander VI did not scruple to go out and meet them himself in the costume of a Spanish gentlemen..." (Fusero, p. 176).

-- Add info about Romagna campaign underCesare Borgia next.

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