Sir John Hawkwood: an English Mercenary Commander of the 14th Century (Paperback)
The most notorious captain of mercenaries of the early Renaissance
John Hawkwood was an Essex born Englishman, the son of a landowner. He began his military career during the Hundred Years' War serving in France as a longbowman under Edward III, possibly fighting at both Crecy and Poitiers. Thereafter he joined the infamous 'White Company' band of mercenaries, operating in France before crossing into Italy. Such was Hawkwood's talent for his occupation that before long he became the leader of the company. Italy, during this time, was in a constant state of factional flux, so Hawkwood and his men found ready employment for their talents. Selling their swords to the highest bidder proved a profitable business and Hawkwood amassed an astonishing fortune and earned himself abiding fame. This book chronicles Hawkwood's life and campaigns, particularly during his time in Italy, in some detail and is recommended.
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