Bona Sforza – between Poland, Naples, and Bari. The Rivalry of the Great European Powers in the 16th Century

Angelantonio Spagnoletti

(Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro)
E-mail: antonio.spagnoletti[at]
ORCID: 0000-0002-1385-8263
DOI: 10.31261/FLPI.2020.02.02
„Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica” 2020, nr 1, s. 21-32

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In this article, the history of Bona Sforza is examined in the context of the relations between the European states of the first half of the 16th century, that is, the Empire of Charles V and the Catholic Monarchy and of Philip II in particular. The Queen of Poland and Duchess of Bari attempted to play a leading role in the international relations of the epoch, but she had to succumb to the wishes of the two Habsburgs, interested in regaining control over the Duchy of Bari and forming anti-Turkish alliances with Sigismondo II of Poland, a son of Bona.