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Italian Medieval Armies 1300–1500

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Men-at-Arms 136
Author: David Nicolle
Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
About this book
Mercenaries were a common feature throughout most of Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries, and had been known far earlier. But nowhere did such a sophisticated system of hiring, payment and organisation of mercenaries develop as it did in Italy. The condottiere – whose name came from the condotta or contract between himself and his employer – was the result. Whether commander or humble trooper, the condottiere was a complete professional. His skill has never been doubted, but his loyalty and dedication to a particular cause often has. David Nicolle provides a fascinating exploration of the condottiere; his roles, arms and equipment.
Introduction · Medieval Mercenaries · The Great Captains · State Armies · 'Good War'-'Bad War' · Campaigns · The Plates
Paperback; March 1983; 48 pages; ISBN: 9780850454772

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