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. Her love for her husband, Ferrante d'Avalos, is the subject of part of her lamenting verse. After his death (1525) she lived in convents, devoting herself to religious reform.
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