Rome burnt by German mercenaries (50 words)

Historical Context Note

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The Sack of Rome, when imperialist troops under Charles, Duke of Bourbon (who is killed), mutiny, pillage the city and kill some 4,000 of the inhabitants. Valuable art treasures are looted. Philibert Prince of Orange succeeds Bourbon but is soon forced to relinquish his command. Law is not restored until Feb. 1528.

Editors. "Rome burnt by German mercenaries". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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