Bayard and Ignatius
- Bayard defending the bridge over the Garigliano River by Philippoteaux ... On one occasion it is said that he single-handedly defended the bridge of the Garigliano against 200 Spaniards, an exploit that brought him such renown that Pope Julius II tried unsuccessfully to entice him into the papal service.
I know, I know - another post about Ignatius of Loyola. Sorry - for some reason he's been on my mind lately. And that's odd, because although I like Ignatian spirituality, I've never given much thought to Ignatius himself. Ar any rate, as you all know, before Ignatius' conversion, he was a soldier. Last night I was reading about the battle in which he was wounded ... the battle of Pamplona, in May of 1521.
That battle was a part of what was called the Italian War of 1521-1526, or the Four Years War ... on one side we had France and the Republic of Venice, and on the other side (Ignatius' side), we had Spain, the Holy Roman Empire, England, and the Papal States. As I read about the war in Wikipedia (I'm not soooo interested that I'm pouring over dusty primary sources :-), I noticed something interesting, and it wasn't that Martin Luther figured significantly in things (though that was interesting), but it was that fighting on the French side was Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard. Here's a little of what Wiki says of him ...
Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (1473 – 30 April 1524) was a French soldier, generally known as the Chevalier de Bayard. ..... As a soldier, Bayard was considered the epitome of chivalry and one of the most skilful commanders of the age. He was noted for the exactitude and completeness of his information on the enemy's movements, which he obtained by careful reconnaissance and a well-arranged system of espionage. In the midst of mercenary armies Bayard remained absolutely disinterested, and to his contemporaries and his successors he was, with his romantic heroism, piety and magnanimity, the fearless and faultless knight (le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche). His gaiety and kindness won him, even more frequently, another name bestowed by his contemporaries, le bon chevalier.
As it turns out, Bayard didn't fight in the battle of Pamplona, much less did he ever meet Ignatius, but what a cool alternative-history novel might be written about such an event! :-)
- Armure dite du chevalier Bayard musée de l'armée hotel des invalides