Another of Richard's great looking regiments. The French regt Piedmont.
Since 1494, there were units designated as bandes d'au delà des monts (bands from beyond the mountains) at the service of the King of France. They were charged with the conquest and permanent occupation of Piémont and other countries beyond the Alps.
In 1552, when Henri II intervened against the Emperor, 20 black ensigns of the Bandes de Piémont were with his army.
In 1558, these Bandes noires de Piémont were organized into a regular regiment by King Henri II.
On May 27 1569, the regiment received an official status.
The fact that Navarre Infanterie, Champagne Infanterie and Piémont Infanterie were all created during the same year gave rise to endless argumentations about their respective ranking. In 1666, Louis XIV had to edict a regulation stating that each regiment would alternate for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th ranks on a yearly basis.
Piémont Infanterie was among the six French regiments known as Vieux Corps.