BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI

1400-1475

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Colleoni was a key fig­ure in the Wars in Lom­bardy be­tween Venice and Mi­lan. Hav­ing led the Vene­tians to sev­eral no­table vic­to­ries, he chose to serve the Mi­lanese af­ter peace was de­clared in 1441. His luck turned and he was im­pris­oned; on re­lease, Colleoni re­joined the Vene­tians, then re­turned to Mi­lan af­ter be­ing over­looked for the role of cap­tain-gen­eral. His fi­nal de­fec­tion to Venice was lu­bri­cated by money.

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