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- DescriptionMercenaries were a common feature throughout most of Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries, and had been kwn far earlier. But where 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.
- Author BiographyDavid Nicolle was born in 1944. He worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before going 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has written many books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. David lives and works in Leicestershire, UK.
- Author(s)David Nicolle
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication24/03/1983
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleMen-at-Arms
- Series Part/Volume Number136
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOsprey Publishing
- Content Noteillustrations, maps, plans
- Weight188 g
- Width180 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine4 mm
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