Michele Antonio of Saluzzo

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

Michele Antonio del Vasto
Marquess of Saluzzo
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Cornuto of Michele Antonio of Saluzzo, from the mint of Carmagnola.
Born26 March 1495
Saluzzo
Died18 October 1528(1528-10-18) (aged 33)
Aversa
BuriedSanta Maria in Aracoeli, Rome
Noble familyHouse of Aleramici
FatherLudovico II, Marquess of Saluzzo
MotherMargaret of Foix-Candale

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 from wounds sustained by 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 Marquess of Saluzzo
1504–1528
Succeeded by