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Medieval mercenaries : the business of war

Author: William L Urban
Publisher: London : Greenhill Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Middle Ages were a turbulent and violent time, when the fate of nations was most often decided on the battlefield, and strength of arms was key to acquiring and maintaining power. As feudal oaths and local militias were often incapable of keeping the enemy at bay, it was the mercenary who stepped in to fill the ranks. A mercenary was a professional soldier who took employment with minimum concern for the morals,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William L Urban
ISBN: 9781853676970 1853676977
OCLC Number: 70264604
Description: 304 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portrait ; 24 cm
Contents: Early Medieval mercenaries; Early Italian mercenaries; The `Classic" Medieval mercenary; Chivalry; The Hundred Years War: Part one; Forming the Victorian imagination: Chaucer's Knight and Twain's Saint; Forming Victorian imagination: The White Company; The Crusades in the Baltic; The Hundred Years War: Part two; The Renaissance; The Black Guard; Maciavelli; Mercenaries in the late Medieval Baltic.
Responsibility: William Urban ; foreword by Terry Jones.

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A mercenary is a professional soldier who took employment with minimum concern for the morals or cause of the paymaster. Looking at mercenaries in the Middle Ages, this work explores the importance  Read more...

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