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 organization 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, including his roles, arms, and equipment.
- Written By David Nicolle
- Illustrated by Gerry Embleton
- 48 Pages
- Examines The Lifestyles and Military Campaigns Of Italian Medieval Armies