Bayard, Pierre Terrail, seigneur de


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Bayard, Pierre Terrail, seigneur de

(bā`ərd; pyĕr tĕrī`yə sānyör` də bäyär`), c.1474–1524, French military hero, called le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche [the knight without fear or reproach]. He exhibited bravery and genius as a commander in all the important battles of the Italian WarsItalian Wars,
1494–1559, series of regional wars brought on by the efforts of the great European powers to control the small independent states of Italy. Renaissance Italy was split into numerous rival states, most of which sought foreign alliances to increase their
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, from Fornovo (1495) to the Sesia, in which he was killed. His defense of Mézières (1521) saved central France from an imperial invasion.

Bibliography

See biography by S. Shellabarger (1928, repr. 1971).