Chevalier de Bayard (Dictionary of World Biography: Renaissance)
Article abstract: The ideal of chivalry, exemplified in Bayard, became a significant element in the education of young men of the upper classes.
Pierre Terrail, lord of Bayard, was the son of Aymon Terrail and Hélène Alleman. The exact date of his birth is uncertain, but he was born sometime between 1473 and 1476. He received a rudimentary education under the eye of his uncle, Laurent Alleman, bishop of Grenoble. In 1486, he left home to serve as page at the court of Charles I, duke of Savoy, where he was expected to acquire the experience and skills of a young nobleman. That same year, he followed his master on a trip to Italy, where he observed the flowering of Renaissance culture without noticeable effect upon his medieval chivalric mind. Upon returning to Savoy in 1489, Bayard traveled with the duke to the court of Charles VIII of France, where he served the French king first as a page and then as a soldier. He took part in the king’s expedition to Naples and, in 1495, was knighted for his valor in the Battle of Fornuovo.
In 1501, as Louis XII reasserted his claim to the kingdom of Naples, Bayard became one of the most celebrated knights in the French army, widely known for his horsemanship and swordplay. By July, 1502, the French were clashing with the Spanish, who also claimed Naples. Lack of supplies and adverse conditions made for small-scale operations that offered opportunities for...
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