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Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon

Crillon, Louis des Balbes de Berton de (lwē dā bälb də bĕrtôNˈ də krēyôNˈ) [key], c.1541–1615, French soldier. He fought under François de Guise in the retaking (1558) of Calais; served in the first wars against the Huguenots (1562–70); and fought under John of Austria in his Ottoman campaign. Crillon distinguished himself at Lepanto (1571). He sided with King Henry III against the Catholic League and was one of the best captains of King Henry IV, under whom he took part in the battle of Ivry and the siege of Paris.

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