Siege of Mirandola (1510)

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Siege of Mirandola
Part of the War of the League of Cambrai
La Resa di Mirandola (1810).JPG
Pope Julius II on the walls of the conquered city of Mirandola (Raffaello Tancredi, oil on canvas, 1890)
Mirandola, Emilia (present-day Italy)
Result Decisive Papal victory
Papal States Lordship of Mirandola
Commanders and leaders
Pope Julius II
Francesco Maria I Della Rovere
Charles II d'Amboise
Casualties and losses

The Siege of Mirandola took place at Mirandola, then the capital of a small state in the Italian region of Emilia, in 1510, and was carried on by Pope Julius II during the War of the League of Cambrai.

The siege was part of an offensive launched by Pope Julius II as part of his alliance with the Republic of Venice against France. In October 1510, he had moved with his court to Bologna, but here he found himself with little troops to counter the advance of French general Charles II d'Amboise, he started negotiations for a truce. However, once joined by a sized army, he stopped any diplomatic activity and moved against Sassuolo, while the French retreated to Rubiera. Sassuolo fell in two days; next was the fortified citadel of Mirandola, which he besieged from 19 December 1510.

The pope took personal command of the papal army after his nephew and commander-in-chief, Francesco Maria I Della Rovere, had showed a suspicious negligence. The papal forces stormed the citadel taking advantage of the iced ditches on 20 January 1511.

See also[edit]


  • Francesco Guicciardini (1984). The History of Italy (translated by Sydney Alexander). Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-00800-0.

Coordinates: 44°54′19″N 11°04′00″E / 44.9052°N 11.0668°E / 44.9052; 11.0668