Hapsburg-Valois Wars

by beachbum90 ~ April 22nd, 2010. Filed under: Chapter 13: Reformation, Religious Wars, and National Conflicts.

Also commonly referred to as the Italian Wars, these wars were initiated when Henry II of France declared war against Charles V, in an effort to ensnare control of Italy to ensure French (not German) domination of European affairs.

Henry VIII invaded Naples, which aroused irritation in the neighboring Hapsburg territories, Spain, Sicily, and Austria. Battles amongst these nations prevailed, as the power struggle ensued, until eventually the treaty of Cateau-cambresis in 1559 was signed, giving Spain and her allies power over Italy. The Hapsburgs won the wars.

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