Medieval Mercenaries: The Business of War

Medieval Mercenaries The Business of War The Middle Ages were a turbulent and violent time when the fate of nations was most often decided on the battlefield and strength of arms was key to acquiring and maintaining power Feudal oaths and

Routiers Mercenary Swashbuckling Mercenaries Who Ravaged Medieval Europe The late medieval period was a chaotic time in history England and France were engaged in the Hundred Years War, and Italian city states were fighting on How did medieval mercenaries actually act Alternate This has been bugging me for a while, so I figured I might as well ask it I deeply love the idea of the fantasy novel mercenary company, but I don t Mercenaries Medieval II Total War Total War Wiki Mercenaries are made up of peoples from all lands, who fight for other countries for profit than any sense of loyalty in Medieval II Total War. Medieval Mercenaries, The Great Companies Medieval Mercenaries, The Great Companies Volume I Kenneth Fowler Books How were ancient medieval mercenaries recruited Quora Adding to the two other answers, a key thing to remember is that throughout both periods you are referring to militaries relied heavily if not exclusively on The Life of a Swiss Mercenary YouTube Short movie showing the typical aspects of the life of a medieval Swiss soldier during the Swiss Burgundian wars civil life on a campaign, weapons drill Medieval Mercenaries The Business of War by William L Urban Medieval Mercenaries has ratings and reviews Peter said This could have been a seriously interesting book Instead it was shallow and frustrating. Were there any famous mercenary armies in Medieval Europe The Landsknechte started out as basically copy cats of the Swiss but they eventually grew into their own brand Like the Swiss mercenaries the Landsknechte had a

  • Title: Medieval Mercenaries: The Business of War
  • Author: William L. Urban Terry Jones
  • ISBN: 9781853676970
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Middle Ages were a turbulent and violent time, when the fate of nations was most often decided on the battlefield, and strength of arms was key to acquiring and maintaining power Feudal oaths and local militias were often than not incapable of providing the skilled and disciplined warriors necessary to keep the enemy at bay It was the mercenary who stepped in toThe Middle Ages were a turbulent and violent time, when the fate of nations was most often decided on the battlefield, and strength of arms was key to acquiring and maintaining power Feudal oaths and local militias were often than not incapable of providing the skilled and disciplined warriors necessary to keep the enemy at bay It was the mercenary who stepped in to fill the ranks In this benchmark work, William Urban explores the vital importance of the mercenary to the medieval power broker, from the Byzantine Varangian Guard to fifteenth century soldiers of fortune in the Baltic Through contemporary chronicles and the most up to date scholarship, he presents an in depth portrait of the mercenary across the Middle Ages A mercenary was a professional soldier who took employment with minimum concern for the morals, ethics or cause of the paymaster But within these confines we discover a surprising array of fighting men, from the lowest born foot soldier to the wealthiest aristocrat the occasional clergyman, even What united them all was a willingness, and often the desire, to fight for their supper Shocking, informative and hugely entertaining, Medieval Mercenaries is a compelling account of the business of war in the age of chivalry.

    One thought on “Medieval Mercenaries: The Business of War”

    1. This could have been a seriously interesting book. Instead it was shallow and frustrating. I have had fun plundering the bibliography.

    2. This book discusses use of mercenary forces through the medieval era,starting from the Varangian guard til the Battle of Pskov in 1501, as well as some perspectives from later literature. The result leans more to "popular" than academic history - as some old debunked assumptions about medieval history are catered to, and there are some factual errors (eg Charles VI wasn't at Agincourt and the French army was mainly dismounted). While easy to read, you should look elsewhere if you want a deep und [...]

    3. Everyone knows medieval wars were fought by chivalrous knights willing to sacrifice all for lord and land . . . right? In Medieval Mercenaries: The Business of War, historian William Urban reveals the importance of this overlooked group of for-hire warriors in almost every major conflict of the Middle Ages.Urban's witty, conversational style draws readers in to his exploration of the professional soldier. His refreshing insights leave them with a real understanding of how mercenaries shaped medi [...]

    4. This was an interesting study of a period of history that history students think they know, but really don't. Much of what is in popular literature and culture about mercenaries comes from just a tiny part of the whole picture, and this book helps to put that into proper perspective.Mercenary warfare during the Hundred Years War isn't as patriotic and heroic as people would like to think that period was, but it was a necessary and practical aspect of military matters, in the time before the more [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *