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The Condottieri: Soldiers of Fortune

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
367 pages
Published January 1st 1971 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston
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Michael Jecks
Feb 15, 2012 Michael Jecks rated it really liked it
Superb, and essential reading for anyone interested in the history of mercenaries generally.
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Nov 25, 2016 Steve Craven rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone of loves Italy
Shelves: history
I have long been fascinated with the Italian renaissance, but this book was my first exposure to the rise and use of mercenaries in warfare among the Italian city-states. Trease takes you from the first of the condottieri, Sir John Hawkwood - an unemployed commander from the Hundred Years War, through some wonderful characters such as the urbane Federico Montefeltro of Urbino, Francesco Sforza who founded the Sforza dynasty of dukes of Milan, and many more.
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Jun 09, 2008 David rated it liked it
A very accessible read on the lives of several famous mercenary captains in medieval/early renaissance Italy.

Unlike Fowler's Medieval Mercenaries, it focuses on the lives of the generals, the political and social environments, as well as the role of their employers. This illustrates the 'rockstar general' type lives some of them lived, and the repercussions of that life.
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Robert Geoffrey Trease (August 11, 1909 - January 27, 1998) was a prolific writer, publishing 113 books between 1934 (Bows Against the Barons) and 1997 (Cloak for a Spy). His work has been translated into 20 languages. His grandfather was a historian, and was one of the main influences towards Trease's work.

He is best known for writing children's historical novels, whose content reflects his insis
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