Mercenaries in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

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McFarland, Jul 12, 2013 - History - 220 pages
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In medieval and Renaissance Europe, mercenaries—professional soldiers who fought for money or other rewards—played violent, colorful, international roles in warfare, but they have received relatively little scholarly attention. In this book a large number of vignettes portray their activities in Western Europe over a period of nearly 900 years, from the Merovingian mercenaries of 752 through the Thirty Years’ War, which ended in 1648. Intended as an introduction to the subject and drawing heavily on contemporary first-person accounts, the book creates a vivid but balanced mosaic of the many thousands of mercenaries who were hired to fight for various employers.
 

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User Review  - MasonTaylor - LibraryThing

This book would be useful for those who seek a better understanding of life in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. While the book covers a range of nearly a thousand years, the information flows in a ... Read full review

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Interesting short vignettes, scattered time frames, short chapters, too many "asides" to explain terms used disrupted the flow of the chapters. Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction An Overview of Medievaland Renaissance Warfare
5
I Meeting the Warriors and the Tools of Their Trade
23
II The LongHaired kings
48
III Human thoughts are inclined to greed
60
IV They went about in bands of thousands
74
V All the foreign knights bowmen their attendants and the mercenaries
84
VI An escort of galloglas armed with battleaxes
92
X The Light of Italy
142
XI Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous
151
Conclusion
169
Armor
175
Swiss Mercenaries
178
Chronology
181
Chapter Notes
185
Bibliography
195

VII Drink thy blood Beaumanoir
104
VIII They were bold and warlike fellows
116
IX A Skeleton in Armor
132

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Hunt Janin is an American writer living in southwestern France. He has written numerous nonfiction and scholarly books on a range of subjects, including medieval history and cross-cultural studies. Ursula Carlson is a professor emerita at Western Nevada College, Carson City, Nevada.

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