By Hunt Janin

In medieval and Renaissance Europe, mercenaries--professional squaddies who fought for cash or different rewards--played violent, colourful, foreign roles in battle, yet they've got obtained quite little scholarly cognizance. during this publication numerous vignettes painting their actions in Western Europe over a interval of approximately 900 years, from the Merovingian mercenaries of 752 throughout the Thirty Years' warfare, which led to 1648. meant as an creation to the topic and drawing seriously on modern first-person money owed, the ebook creates a shiny yet balanced mosaic of the various hundreds of thousands of mercenaries who have been employed to struggle for varied employers.

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