Aragon also previously controlled the Duchy of Milan, but a year before Charles ascended to the throne, it was annexed by France after the Battle of Marignano in 1515.

Aragon also previously controlled the Duchy of Milan, but a year before Charles ascended to the throne, it was annexed by France after the Battle of Marignano in 1515.

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Barbarossa's naval victories secured Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century, from the Battle of Preveza in 1538 until the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

Barbarossa's naval victories secured Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century, from the Battle of Preveza in 1538 until the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

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Andrea Doria was the losing admiral at the Battle of Preveza

Andrea Doria was the losing admiral at the Battle of Preveza

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The Knight of Malta were part of the Holy League

The Knight of Malta were part of the Holy League

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A Holy League, which consisted of all the Italian states and Spain, was formed in 1538 to drive the Ottomans back, but was defeated at the Battle of Preveza.

A Holy League, which consisted of all the Italian states and Spain, was formed in 1538 to drive the Ottomans back, but was defeated at the Battle of Preveza.

Model of one of Barbarrosa's galleys

Model of one of Barbarrosa's galleys

Pope Paul III put forth the call for a Holy League against the Ottomans

Pope Paul III put forth the call for a Holy League against the Ottomans

The Republic of Venice urged Pope Paul III to assemble a Holy League against the Ottoman Empire

The Republic of Venice urged Pope Paul III to assemble a Holy League against the Ottoman Empire

Francis I was taken at the Battle of Pavia in 1526

Francis I was taken at the Battle of Pavia in 1526

Charles succeeded in re-capturing Milan in 1522 when Imperial troops defeated the Franco-Swiss army at Bicocca.

Charles succeeded in re-capturing Milan in 1522 when Imperial troops defeated the Franco-Swiss army at Bicocca.

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