Italian Medieval Armies 1300–1500 (Men-at-Arms #136) (Paperback)

Italian Medieval Armies 1300–1500 (Men-at-Arms #136) By David Nicolle, Gerry Embleton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By David Nicolle, Gerry Embleton (Illustrator)
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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.

About the Author

David Nicolle is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Medieval Studies, Nottingham University. He is the author of numerous books on aspects of medieval military history, including many for Osprey.

Gerry Embleton has been a leading illustrator and researcher of historical costume since the 1970s, and has illustrated and written Osprey titles on a wide range of subjects for more than 20 years. He is an internationally respected authority on 15th and 18th century costumes in particular. He lives in Switzerland, where since 1988 he has also become well known for designing and creating life-size historical figures for museums.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780850454772
ISBN-10: 0850454778
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: March 24th, 1983
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Men-at-Arms