Dear readers, I’m sorry it took so long to get back at you, but I’ve been working all weekends at open-air museum Gamla Linköping .
After the “succesful” Naples negotiations Philip traveled to the Duchy of Savoy to visit his sister Margaret of Austria and her husband Philibert II. The last time Philip had seen his sister was when she married Philibert II in 1501.
But both men become sick and get fever and Philip decides to return to his friend the French king Louis XII in Lyon.
Louis XII doctors did everything they could to make Philip’s better, for a while they even fear for his life, but they eventually manage to restore his health. Louis XII clearly took great care of Philip. But while Philip was still recovering in Lyon there came a letter from Ferdinand stating that he would NOT stop fighting the French at Naples. Philips is surprised and asks him to honor the peace agreement he earlier signed with Louis XII in Ferdinand’s name, but Ferdinand refused. The Spanish had managed to defeat the French in the Battle of Cerignola on the 28th of April and so there was no reason for Ferdinand to honor the agreement he had with Louis XII.
It was actually impressive that the Spanish won because they were outnumbered by the French, but they were not outgunned. Their 1000 arquebusiers played a key-role in defeating the French cavalry. It is said that the Battle of Cerignola is the first battle won by gunpowder firearms.
Great Captain Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba finds the corpse of Louis d’Armagnac. by Federico de Madrazo, 1835. Museum del Prado.
All this was of course really embarrassing for Philip and he had a lot to explain to Louis XII who had taken so good care of him. Ferdinand sent two diplomats that would take over the negotiations of Naples. They were arguing that Louis XII that Louis XII zeal was on the document but that he hadn’t signed it properly and according to them that meant that the agreement was null and void. When Philip was hearing all that he got physically ill and had to be carried outside the negotiation room to rest. He has a lot to explain to Louis XII. Louis XII realized that Philip has been naive, but honest.
Louis XII kicked out the diplomats and raised another army to fight Spain again. Philip’s recovery was slow but as soon as he felt strong enough he left Lyon to go back again to Savoy.
The 2nd of July he was finally strong enough to continue his trip from Savoy to visit his father in Innsbruck.
Bonsoir, mes amis, Hilde