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Bayard, Pierre Terrail, Chevalier de

Born: 1473? AD
Died: 1524 AD.

Nationality: French
Categories: Military Officer


1473 - Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard was born at the Château Bayard, Dauphiné.


1487 - Served as a page to Charles I of Savoy, until Charles VIII of France promoted him to be one of the royal followers under the seigneur (lord) de Ligry.


1494 - Accompanied Charles VIII into Italy


1945 - Knighted after the Battle of Fornovo where he had captured a standard.


1502 - Entering Milan alone in pursuit of the enemy, taken as prisoner, but was set free without a ransom by Ludovico Sforza, he was wounded at Canossa.


1508 - Distinguished himself again at the siege of Genoa by Louis XII.


1509 - The king made him captain of a company of horse and foot.


1512 - Served in the Battle of Ravenna.


1524 - Wounded by an arquebus ball, he died 30th of April in the midst of the enemy.


His last words were "Pity me not. I die as a man of honour ought, in discharge of my duty. They indeed are objects of pity who fight against their king, their country, and their oath."






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