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n 12 August 1529 the Holy Roman Emperor (as well as Archduke of Austria, King of Spain and Lord of the Netherlands) Charles V, placed his booted feet on Italian soil for the first time in his almost 30 years. He had inherited the Kingdoms of Naples, Sicily and Sardinia as part of the Crown of Aragon at the tender age of 15, though it took him almost as many years to visit the Italian peninsula. His inheritance meant he could lay claim to the legendary – the Iron Crown – traditionally used in the coronations of kings of Italy. Over the

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