Pescara, Ferdinando Francesco d'Avalos, marchese di

Pescara, Ferdinando Francesco d'Avalos, marchese di

(fārdēnän`dō fränchās`kō dävä`lōs märkā`zā thē pāskä`rä), 1490?–1525, Spanish-Neapolitan general in the Italian Wars. He served Charles V, Holy Roman emperor and king of Spain, and was chiefly responsible for the brilliant Spanish victory over Francis I of France at Pavia (1525). His wife was Vittoria ColonnaColonna, Vittoria, marchesa di Pescara
, 1492–1547, Italian poet; daughter of Fabrizio Colonna (see under Colonna). Her love for her husband, Ferrante d'Avalos, is the subject of part of her lamenting verse.
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