Michele Antonio, Marquess of Saluzzo

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Michele Antonio del Vasto
Marquess of Saluzzo
Cornuto Carmagnola.jpg
Cornuto of Michele Antonio of Saluzzo, from the mint of Carmagnola.
Noble family House of Aleramici
Father Ludovico II, Marquess of Saluzzo
Mother Margaret of Foix-Candale
Born 26 March 1495
Saluzzo
Died 18 October 1528(1528-10-18) (aged 33)
Aversa
Buried Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome

Michele Antonio del Vasto (26 March 1495 – 18 October 1528) was the Marquess of Saluzzo from 1504 until his death.

Born in Saluzzo, the elder son of Ludovico II of Saluzzo and Margaret of Foix-Candale, he was Count of Carmagnola until he succeeded to his father. He took part, initially alongside Ludovico, in the Italian Wars of Louis XII and Francis I of France. In particular, he distinguished himself at the Battle of Pavia (1525).

Michele Antonio died for the wounds from a cannonball at the Battle of Aversa. According to his last will, he was buried in the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome, while his heart was kept in Piedmont.

A ballad about the wounded marquess explaining his last will was popular among the Italian Alpini during World War I.

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Preceded by
Ludovico II
Marquess of Saluzzo
1504–1528
Succeeded by
Giovanni Ludovico