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THE FRENCH AND THE SPANISH AT COURT

In 1499, the King of France Louis XII invaded the Duchy of Milan. On October 6, he settled in the ducal apartments inside the Castle. Ludovico il Moro fled to Germany and asked for help to Maximilian of Hapsburg, who had married Bianca Maria, Galeazzo Maria Sforza's daughter.
From this moment onward, the Duchy of Milan became battle ground and alternative periods of foreign domination began: first the French with FranÁois I d'AngoulÍme, who had succeeded to Louis XII, then a short period under Francesco II Sforza, a short period under the Spanish rule, which ended with Francesco Sforza taking power again until he died and Milan went to Charles V in 1535.
During the French domination, on June 23 1521, it is reported that a lightning rod hit the Filarete tower, which was used as an ammunition storage area, and made it explode. The castellan and other people died and the castle walls were seriously damaged. The last of the Sforzas, Francesco II, decided to restore the castle, where his marriage to Cristina of Denmark was celebrated on May 3 1534. The Castle had been restored but had lost its famous entrance tower. According to the Sforzas' taste, the Duchess' apartments were sumptuous. But all this sumptuousness didn't last for long. After Francesco's death, in fact, the Castle would no longer be a luxury residence.



The Castle historical background


Castello Sforzesco - Piazza Castello   20121 MILAN