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John Hawkwood

John Hawkwood

An English Mercenary in Fourteenth-Century Italy

  • Author: William Caferro
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 9780801883231
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 459
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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

Hawkwood

Hawkwood

Diabolical Englishman

  • Author: Frances Stonor Saunders
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 057126655X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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The hugely acclaimed, best-selling life of Hawkwood, one of the outstanding figures of English and European history. John Hawkwood was an Essex man who became the greatest mercenary in an age when soldiers of fortune flourished - an age that also witnessed the first stirrings of the Renaissance. When England made a peace treaty with the French in 1360, during a pause in the Hundred Years War, John Hawkwood, instead of going home, travelled south to Avignon, where the papacy was based during its exile from Rome. He and his fellow mercenaries held the pope to ransom and were paid off. Hawkwood then crossed the Alps into Italy and found himself in a promised land: he made and lost fortunes extorting money from city states like Florence, Siena, and Milan, who were fighting vicious wars between themselves and against the popes. This man of war husbanded his use of violence, but for all his caution he committed one of the most notorious massacres of his time - an atrocity that still clouds his name.

Hawkwood's Voyage

Hawkwood's Voyage

  • Author: Paul Kearney
  • Publisher: Solaris
  • ISBN: 1849975027
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
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THE WESTERN WORLD IS BURNING... Even as cities and cathedrals are tumbling, their defenders crucified by the invading Merduks, the Faithful war among themselves, purging heretics and magical folk and adding to the flames. For Richard Hawkwood and his crew, a desperate venture to carry refugees to the uncharted land across the Great Western Ocean offers the only chance of escape from the Inceptines’ pyres. The King's cousin, Lord Murad, has an ancient log book telling of a free, unspoiled land...

Hawkwood and the Kings

Hawkwood and the Kings

  • Author: Paul Kearney
  • Publisher: Solaris
  • ISBN: 1849972060
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 704
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THE WESTERN WORLD IS BURNING... For Richard Hawkwood and his crew, a desperate venture to carry refugees to the uncharted land across the Great Western Ocean offers the only chance of escape from the Inceptines’ pyres. In the East, Lofantyr, Abeleyn and Mark – three of the five Ramusian Kings – have defied the cruel pontiff’s purge and must fight to hold their thrones through excommunication, intrigue and civil war. In the quiet monastery city of Charibon, two humble monks make a discovery that will change the whole world. Aekir, the Holy City, has fallen and all now seems lost, but even on the eve of destruction the Faithful still war amongst themselves... Hawkwood and the Kings collects Hawkwood’s Voyage and The Heretic Kings, the first two books in Paul Kearney’s spectacular The Monarchies of God cycle.

Hawkwood

Hawkwood

  • Author: Jack Ludlow
  • Publisher: Allison and Busby
  • ISBN: 9780749019631
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 382
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Fourteenth-century Italy: a country in upheaval as desperate cities struggle against both each other and venal Papal rule. Unable to rely on their own citizens to fight their battles, the cities and Popes are forced to pay vast amounts of money to mercenary captains to fight on their behalf. Hawkwood, a valiant Englishman, shrewd and relentless on the battlefield, finds himself fighting for and against any state of Italy prepared to pay handsomely. If none will pay, he and the White Company brutally seize what they desire. As he leaves stains of his presence up and down the country, those who curse him at their defeat can soon be those who praise him for their deliverance. It is a world of massacre and pillage in which life is less than cheap and no one can be trusted. To survive, a man has to be quick thinking, fleet of foot and strong in his sword arm: Hawkwood is such a man.

Hawkwood

Hawkwood

  • Author: David Donachie
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
  • ISBN: 0749019581
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 300
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Fourteenth-century Italy: a country in upheaval as desperate cities struggle against both each other and venal Papal rule. Unable to rely on their own citizens to fight their battles, the cities and Popes are forced to pay vast amounts of money to mercenary captains to fight on their behalf. Hawkwood, a valiant Englishman, shrewd and relentless on the battlefield, finds himself fighting for and against any state of Italy prepared to pay handsomely. If none will pay, he and the White Company brutally seize what they desire. As he leaves stains of his presence up and down the country, those who curse him at their defeat can soon be those who praise him for their deliverance. It is a world of massacre and pillage in which life is less than cheap and no one can be trusted. To survive, a man has to be quick thinking, fleet of foot and strong in his sword arm: Hawkswood is such a man.

Sir John Hawkwood

Sir John Hawkwood

A Tale of the White Company in Italy

  • Author: Marion Polk Angellotti
  • Publisher: McClelland & Goodchild
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Italy
  • Page: 298
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Sir John Hawkwood

Sir John Hawkwood

Story of a Condottiere - Primary Source Edition

  • Author: John Temple Leader,Giuseppe Marcotti
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • ISBN: 9781289880200
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  • Page: 386
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Medieval Italy

Medieval Italy

An Encyclopedia

  • Author: Christopher Kleinhenz
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135948801
  • Category: History
  • Page: 2160
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This Encyclopedia gathers together the most recent scholarship on Medieval Italy, while offering a sweeping view of all aspects of life in Italy during the Middle Ages. This two volume, illustrated, A-Z reference is a cross-disciplinary resource for information on literature, history, the arts, science, philosophy, and religion in Italy between A.D. 450 and 1375. For more information including the introduction, a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample pages, and more, visit the Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia website.