See also:king of France, was the only son of
See also:Louis XI . During the whole of his childhood
See also:Charles lived far from his
See also:father at the chateau of Amboise, which was throughout his
See also:life his favourite residence . On the
See also:death of Louis XI. in 1483 Charles, a lad of thirteen, was of age, but was absolutely incapable of governing . Until 1492 he abandoned the
See also:government to his
See also:sister Anne of
See also:Beaujeu . In 1491 he married Anne, duchess of
See also:Brittany, who was already betrothed to Maximilian of
See also:Austria . Urged by his favourite, Etienne de Vesc, he then, at the age of twenty-two, threw off the yoke of the Beaujeus, and at the same
See also:time discarded their wise and able policy . But he was a thoroughly worthless man with a weak and
See also:ill-balanced intellect . He had a romantic
See also:imagination and conceived vast projects . He proposed at first to claim the rights of the
See also:house of
See also:Anjou, to which Louis XI. had succeeded, on the
See also:kingdom of Naples, and to use this as a stepping-
See also:stone to the capture of Constantinople from the
See also:Turks and his own
See also:coronation as emperor of the East . He sacrificed everything to this adventurous policy, signed disastrous
See also:treaties to keep his hands
See also:free, and set out for Italy in 1494 . The ceremonial side of the expedition being in his eyes the most important, he allowed himself to be intoxicated by his easy
See also:triumph and duped by the Italians .
On the 12th of May 1495 he entered Naples in
See also:great pomp, clothed in the imperial insignia . A general coalition was, however, formed against him, and he was forced to return precipitately to France . It cannot be denied that he showed bravery at the
See also:battle of Fornovo (the 5th of
See also:July 1495) . He was preparing a fresh expedition to Italy, when he died on the 8th of
See also:April 1498, from the results of an accident, at the chateau of Amboise . See Histoire de Charles VIII,
See also:roy de France, by G. de Jaligny,
See also:Andre de la
See also:Vigne, &c., edited by
See also:Godefroy (
See also:Paris, 1684) ; De Cherrier, Histoire de Charles VIII (Paris, 1868) ; H . Fr . Delaborde, Expedition de Charles VIII en
See also:Italic (Paris, 1888) . For a
See also:complete bibliography see H .
See also:Sources de l'histoire de France, 1494-1610, vol. i . (Paris, 1906) ; and E .
See also:Lavisse, Histoire de France, vol. v.
See also:part i., by H . Lemonnier (Paris, 1903) .
CHARLES WESLEY (1707-1788)
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