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It appears that Charles greatest threat and opposition came from the French in the form of Francis Valois In 1515 when he came to the throne he was only 15 but was determined to be a major power in Europe Roberts a historian describes his main aims when he first came to the throne as being to enhance his own and Frances reputation through success in battle and to reassert the French claim to Milan He wanted to consolidate his power but his main aim was to gain Milan However after Charles became the most powerful figure in Europe Francis aims soon changed and he was ready to do everything he could to stop Charles Francis would never accept Charles claim to leadership of Christendom When Charles the bold died in 1477 he left no son to inherit the title to Burgundy and so his daughter Mary took the title of Duke of Burgundy Mary was then married to Maximillion who was from the Hapsburg family and so eventually this title was passed onto Charles However the King of France who at the time was Francis was his overlord This meant that although the title to the land was in the Hapsburg family the possession of the land was in the Valois family Francis wanted this land to be part of his lands and so in 1521 he tried to get it back by distracting Charles He did this by asking a Burgundian nobleman Robert De La Marck to launch an assault on Luxemburg However Charles managed to distract Francis from this plan by signing the Treaty of Bruges with Henry VIII In this treaty Henry agreed to invade Calais and so Francis attention was sidetracked As a key issue for Francis was Milan he was keen to take this land as well It was a big responsibility for Charles to take on as he already had so much responsibility in his other
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