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Mercenaries and Paid Men: The Mercenary Identity in the Middle Ages (Smithsonian History of Warfare)
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The purpose of this book, which is derived from the proceedings of a conference held at the University of Wales (Swansea) in July 2005, is to examine "the Mercenary Identity in the Middles Ages". It is also to determine what it meant to be a mercenary and to what extent and how mercenaries could be defined. To achieve this, the numerous articles put together in this volume attempt to "tackle" the issue through numerous angles, considering soldiers of fortune from Merovingian armies right up to the 16th and early 17th century mercenaries in Ireland.
Among others, the book includes articles on the mercenaries at the time of Henry II "Fitz Empress" and an assessment (by David Crouch) to determine whether William Marshal qualifies as a mercenary or not. There is also an interesting article by Richard Abels distinguishing between household men, mercenaries and Vikings in Anglo-Saxon England and others on mercenaries in Spain during the 14th century and serving with the Teutonic Order during the early 15th century, plus another one on de Da Varano family as condottiere princes.
Two sets of articles stand out, showing to what extent the participants of this conference thoroughly investigated the topic. The first set includes "special" troops and covers engineers and miners in the Holy Land and soldiers of fortune in the fleets of Charles of Anjou, King of Sicily.Read more ›