The Sack of Rome 1527
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The Sack of Rome 1527

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The sack of Rome shocked the Christian world. Following the battle of Pavia, Pope Clement VII joined the French-led League of Cognac to resist the threatened Habsburg domination of Europe. Emperor Charles V appealed to the German diet for support and raised an army, which entered Italy in 1527 and joined the imperial forces from Milan, commanded by the duke of Bourbon. Thi...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 28th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 1972)
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Ben Rothman
The Sack of Rome is one of the most important events in history. After Charles V destroyed Rome, the Pope wasn't about to mess with him again. So when Henry VIII asked for an annulment of his marriage to Charles' aunt Catherine, guess what the Pope said?
Not the most well-written thing ever, but tons of information and definitely made me curious to read more, which is the hallmark of a good history book.
This book is pretty terrible in terms of both argument (that the Sack of Rome in 1527 led to a new "national" consciousness among Italians -- are you joking) and execution, being poorly researched and betraying a really very facile understanding of both Roman and peninsular politics in the early 16th century.

But maybe it will get better the more I read. :|
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