The Challenge of Barletta
(Italian: Disfida di Barletta
) was a battle
fought near Barletta
, southern Italy
, on February 13
, on the plains between Corato
The battle was prompted by an insult said by the Frenchman Charles de la Motte
and consisted in a chivalrous tournament on horseback between 13 Italian, based in Barletta, and 13 French knights from Canosa di Puglia
. The Italian knights won the battle, and the French then left the area. Barletta has since acquired the nickname Città della Disfida
, as a result.
The event inspired a historical novel by the Italian writer Massimo D'Azeglio, Ettore Fieramosca, or La disfida di Barletta, written in 1833.