Italian Medieval Armies 1300-1500 (Men-at-Arms) by David Nicolle

By David Nicolle

'Italian Medieval Armies' is an in depth examine the endemic and savage struggle of overdue medieval Italy. the following the political scene was once ruled by means of fierce mercenary generals, whereas the battlefield used to be governed by means of the condottiere mercenaries. certainly, whereas early medieval Italian armies have been populated mostly by means of patriotic electorate struggling with for his or her houses and households, these of this era have been recognized for his or her merciless and flamboyant mercenaries from relevant Europe and England.

Towards the shut of his ebook Nicolle seems at eight very important battles and campaigns of this period to provide a precis of Italian conflict strategies and management. All through the publication are black-and-white images of fits of armor, castles, and modern paintings that aid flesh out a few of these occasions and people who lived them. Gerry Embleton's colour plates during this booklet are between his betters; they're pretty well on par together with his nice paintings within the 'Armies of Medieval Burgundy' title.

Shortly, this can be a great men-at-arms identify and a superb better half to the lately released 'Condottiere 1300-1500'.

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This footsoldier, however, still carries his sword on a baldric, reflecting Moorish influence. His shield, with its pattern of nails, is of a type popular throughout the western Mediterranean. (Carving of 'Vilardell and the Dragon', c 1330, Barcelona Cathedral; "Great Conquests beyond the Seas', Castilian manuscript, early 14th century, Bib. Nac. Ms. ) 33 Italian crossbowman who was soon to earn an international reputation. This man wears a padded aketon and over his helmet he has an embroidered cap.

He carries a typically large infantry shield and wields a longhafted war-hammer designed to penetrate armour. He also wears a brigandine, a very flexible version of the coat-of-plates, over his mail hauberk. ('Life of St. Ursula', by Carpaccio, 1490-93, Acad. ) H: The Invasion of Italy H1: Spanish man-at-arms, end of the 15th century The heavily armed infantrymen of Spain were to become the most feared and effective troops in Europe. Their tactics had been perfected in wars that united Spain and their equipment was often heavier than that of Spain's famous light cavalry who fought a la jineta in Moorish style.

This gunner carries a stone cannon-ball and has a touch thrust into his belt. This was an iron rod to be heated in a brazier and then used to fire the gun. He also wears a late 14th century bascinet, modified and with its visor removed. (Italian bombard, early 15th century, Artillery Museum, Turin: modified Italian bascinet, c. 1460 Fifteenth century Italian light cavalry were quite heavily armoured by earlier standards. This man wears a barbuta, a form of sallet that gave good protection while not restricting its wearer's breathing.

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