John Hawkwood: An English Mercenary in Fourteenth-Century Italy

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JHU Press, 21 mar. 2006 - 459 páginas
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John Hawkwood was fourteenth-century Italy's most notorious and successful soldier. A man known for cleverness and daring, he was the most feared mercenary in Renaissance Italy. Born in England, Hawkood began his career in France during the Hundred Years' War and crossed into Italy with the famed White Company in 1361. From that time until his death in 1394, Hawkwood fought throughout the peninsula as a captain of armies in times of war and as a commander of marauding bands during times of peace. He achieved international fame, and his acquaintances included such prominent people as Geoffrey Chaucer, Catherine of Siena, Jean Froissart, and Francis Petrarch. City-states constantly tried to outbid each other for his services, for which he received money, land, and in the case of Florence, citizenship -- a most unusual honor for an Englishman. When Hawkwood died, the Florentines buried him with great ceremony in their cathedral, an honor denied their greatest poet, Dante. His final resting place, however, is disputed.

Historian William Caferro's ambitious account of Hawkwood is both a biography and a study of warfare and statecraft. Caferro has mined more than twenty archives in England and Italy, creating an authoritative portrait of Hawkwood as an extraordinary military leader, if not always an admirable human being. Caferro's Hawkwood possessed a talent for dissimulation and craft both on the battlefield and at the negotiating table, and, ironically, managed to gain a reputation for "honesty" while beating his Italian hosts at their own game of duplicity and manipulation.

In addition to a thorough account of Hawkwood's life and career, Caferro's study offers a fundamental reassessment of the Italian military situation and of the mercenary system. Hawkwood's career is treated not in isolation but firmly within the context of Italian society, against the backdrop of unfolding crises: famine, plague, popular unrest, and religious schism. Indeed, Hawkwood's life and career offer a unique vantage point from which we can study the economic, social, and political impacts of war.

-- John France
 

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Professor Caferro has written both a biography of a particularly prominent mercenary and a summary of mercenary activity throughout northern Italy in the last half of the 14th century. Hawkwood, an ... Leer reseña completa

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John Hawkwood in Perspective The Man and the Myth
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Essex Lad Kings Soldier and Member of the White Company 13231363
31
Italy and the Profession of Arms
62
The Fox and the L1on The PisanFlorentine War 13631364
97
John Hawkwood of Pisa and Milan 13651372
116
In the Service of God and Mammon 13721375
144
John Hawkwood and the War of Eight Saints 13751377
175
Love and Diplomacy 13771379
191
The Deal with the Devil the Birth of a Son and a Victory at Castagnaro 13851387
253
At the Center of the Storm Florence and the Military Buildup 13871389
271
The War against Milan 13901392
289
Two Weddings a Funeral and a Disputed Legacy 139213941412
310
Conclusion
332
Appendixes
347
Notes
353
References
417

At Home in the Romagna 13791381
209
Neapolitan Soldier and Tuscan Lord 13811384
226

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Página 447 - THE HONOUR OF THE TAYLORS; OR, THE FAMOUS AND RENOWNED HISTORY OF SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD, KNIGHT. Containing His many rare and singular Adventures, witty Exploits, heroick atchievements, and noble Performances, Relating to Love & Arms, In many Lands.

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William Caferro is an associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Mercenary Companies and the Decline of Siena (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

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