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Blaise de Lasseran-Massenc seigneur de (Lord of) Montluc

italy victory

Soldier and memorialist, born in Saint Gemme, France. The eldest son of an impoverished branch of the Montesquiou family, he was brought up as a page at the court of Lorraine. He fought in N Italy (1521–2), and as a lieutenant played a brilliant part in the relief of Marseille (1536) and in the victory at Ceresole in Italy (1544). In the French Wars of Religion, his victory at Vergt (1562) broke the Huguenot power in Guyenne, and he later became a powerful force within the league of Catholic nobles in the SW. He published Commentaires (1592) in the fashion of Julius Caesar.

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