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MAA 136 Italian Medieval Armies 1300–1500

MAA 136 Italian Medieval Armies 1300–1500
Autor: David Nicolle
Data publikacji: 1983-03-24
ISBN: 9780850454772
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 48
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Opis produktu:

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.

Contents
Introduction · Medieval Mercenaries · The Great Captains · State Armies · 'Good War'-'Bad War' · Campaigns · The Plates

Born in 1944, David Nicolle worked in the BBC’s Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years.



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