Condottiere 1300–1500

Infamous medieval mercenaries

Condottiere 1300–1500 cover

Condottiere 1300–1500

Infamous medieval mercenaries

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Originally contracted by wealthy Italian city states to protect their assets during a time of ceaseless warring, many condottieri of the Italian peninsula became famous for their wealth, venality and amorality during the 14th and 15th centuries. Some even came to rule cities themselves. Lavishly illustrated with contemporary depictions and original artwork, this title examines the complex military organization, recruitment, training and weaponry of the Condottieri. With insight into their origins and motivations, the author, Dr David Murphy, brings together the social, political and military history of these powerful and unscrupulous men who managed to influence Italian society and warfare for over two centuries.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Enlistment · Training · Daily Life · Appearance and Dress · Belief and Belonging · Life on Campaign · The Condottiere in Battle · Conspiracy and Betrayal · Aftermath of Battle · Conclusion · Museums, Collections and Re-enactment · Glossary · Bibliography · Colour Plate Commentary · Index

Product details

Published 04 Jul 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846030772
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 11 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 115
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


David Murphy

Dr David Murphy is a graduate of University Colleg…


Graham Turner

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