Mercenaries and Paid Men: The Mercenary Identity in the Middle Ages

Mercenaries and Paid Men: The Mercenary Identity in the Middle Ages

by John France
     
 

Mercenaries have always had a poor press. Theirs is one of the world's oldest professions, but the very word has profoundly negative connotations of infidelity and ruthlessness. But were they so different from soldiers? Why, in any case, were they so omnipresent in the warfare of the medieval and early modern period? What kind of men became mercenaries and where

Overview

Mercenaries have always had a poor press. Theirs is one of the world's oldest professions, but the very word has profoundly negative connotations of infidelity and ruthlessness. But were they so different from soldiers? Why, in any case, were they so omnipresent in the warfare of the medieval and early modern period? What kind of men became mercenaries and where did they come from? These are some of the questions which the essays in this volume address.
Contributors are: Richard Abels, Bernard Bachrach, David Bachrach, Adrian Bell,Charles Bowlus, David Crouch, Guido Dall'Oro, Kelly Devries, Sven Ekdahl, John Hosler, John Law, Alan Murray, Stephen Morillo, Laura Napran, Eljas Oksanen, Carlos Andrez Gonzalez Paz, Ciaran Og O'Reilly, Muriosa Prendergast, Nicolas Prouteau, John Pryor, Ifor Rowlands, Spencer Smith.

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From the Publisher
“This stimulating collection of conference papers illustrates the changing nature of military history today. The combination of Whig and Puritan history that made mercenaries into representatives of the bad old days is disappearing. Historians are looking at them again,
some wanting to understand how the process of recruiting foreign (or more local) warriors worked in social, economic, and political terms;
some recognizing that Machiavelli's contemporaries had good reasons for ignoring his ideas; and some even seeing mercenaries as a step toward national armies”

Reviewed by William Urban in H-HRE, H-Net Reviews. May, 2009.URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=22832

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004164475
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
History of Warfare Series, #47
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

John France, BA.PhD. (Nottingham) is Professor of Medieval History at Swansea University. He has published extensively on medieval military history, especially on the crusades. His Victory in the East is the military history of the First Crusade.

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