Mercenaries and the Sack of Rome


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Which of the following helps to explain one of the reasons Charles de Bourbon and his troops attacked the city of Rome?

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1. What is lacking in mercenary armies?

2. Where did the first mercenaries employed by Charles de Bourbon come from?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on mercenaries and the sack of Rome. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the origins of the mercenary troop that attacked Lombardy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The location of Charles de Bourbon's duchy
  • Bourbon's preferred type of soldier
  • Characteristics of the mercenaries who attacked Rome

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on mercenaries and the sack of Rome
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Charles de Bourbon
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Bourbon cousin who became the Holy Roman Emperor

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on mercenaries and the sack of Rome. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the backgrounds of both Duke Charles de Bourbon and King Francois of France
  • Know the early military campaign of French expansion
  • Understand the division between Bourbon and Francois
  • Recognize the causes and effects of Bourbon's attack on Rome