Landsknecht Soldier 1486–1560

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Landsknecht Soldier 1486–1560

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The Landsknecht (meaning 'servant of the country') flourished during a key period for military organisation and practice. In the late 15th century, the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, recruited thousands of mercenaries from Central and Northern Europe, with the aim of creating a reliable source of men for his armies – and the Landsknecht were born. This book reveals the true-life experiences of the Landsknecht soldier during conflicts such as those of the Italian Wars (1494-1559), using numerous first-hand accounts. It takes a close look at the recruitment, training, daily life and and careers of these formidable soldiers, and examines in detail their clothing, equipment and weaponry. Many fine, contemporary illustrations, some drawn by Landsknecht themselves, accompany the text.

Table of Contents

Introduction · The Origins of the Landsknecht · Organisation · Recruitment · Army life · The Articles of War · Officers · Camp life · The Train · Sickness · Religion · Costume ·The Landsknecht in their Own Words · The decline of the Landsknecht · Bibliography · Colour Plate Commentary · Index

Product details

Published May 25 2002
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841762432
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 55 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 49
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gerry Embleton

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