The Sack of Rome By E.R. Chamberlin

  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Release date: 02-07-23

The Sack of Rome By E.R. Chamberlin AudioBook Summary

In the early morning of 6 May, 1527, the 20,000 starving, unpaid troops of Emperor Charles V began their assault on the great walls of Rome. After only a few hours they had overcome the barricades; the city into which they streamed was now in their grip. This uncontrollable force of German landsknechts, Spanish soldiers, and Italian mercenaries showed no mercy as they plundered, raped, and slayed their way through the holy city.

Why was this monumental army camped outside the walls of Rome? Did the Protestant beliefs of many landsknechts cause them to act more mercilessly towards the Pope’s subjects? And how were some of the most powerful men in history powerless to stop this atrocious event?

The Sack of Rome traces the origins of these tragic events and uncovers the personalities behind it, from Charles de Bourbon, the leader of the army who was killed at the moment of assault, to King François I of France and Emperor Charles V, whose rivalry had laid waste Italian lands, and of course, Pope Clement VII, who had retreated to the safety of Castel Sant’ Angelo while his Swiss Guard were slaughtered behind him. Drawing upon numerous contemporary sources, E. R. Chamberlin has created an engrossing account, contrasting the glory of Renaissance Rome before the Imperial army arrived with the squalor that was left in its wake.


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