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Author : Paul Brown
language : en
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Release Date : 2016-10-14
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When a band of Norman adventurers arrived in southern Italy to fight in the Lombard insurrections against the Byzantine empire in the early 1000s, few would have predicted that within a generation these men would have seized control of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily. How did they make such extraordinary gains and then consolidate their power? Paul Brown, in this thoroughly researched and absorbing study, seeks to answer these questions and throw light onto the Norman conquests across the Mediterranean. Throughout he focuses on the military side of their progress, as they advanced from mercenaries to conquerors, then crusaders. The story of the campaigns they undertook in Italy, Sicily, the Balkans and the Near East reveals their remarkable talent for war. The dominant role played by a succession of Norman leaders is a key theme of the narrative – a line of ambitious and ruthless soldiers that ran from Robert Guiscard and Bohemond to Roger II and Tancred.
Author : John France
language : en
Release Date : 2008-01-01
Download Mercenaries And Paid Men written by John France and has been published by BRILL this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2008-01-01 with History categories.
Why were mercenaries such a commonplace of war in the medieval and early modern periods and why have they traditionally been so poorly regarded? Who were mercenaries, and how were they distinguished from other soldiers? The contributors to this volume attempt to cast light on these questions.
Author : Terri Brisbin
language : en
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date : 2012-07-01
Download The Conqueror S Lady The Mercenary S Bride His Enemy S Daughter written by Terri Brisbin and has been published by HarperCollins Australia this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2012-07-01 with Fiction categories.
The Conqueror's Lady To save her people and lands, the lady Fayth is forced to marry a powerful Breton knight. Brave and honourable, Giles Fitzhenry is a born warrior who has never been able to shake off the shame of his illegitimate birth. Giles has conquered all, but the ultimate battle will be for his new lady's love…and her utter surrender! The Mercenary's Bride Brice Fitzwilliam is awarded the title and lands of Thaxted…now the warrior waits to claim his promised virgin bride! But Gillian of Thaxted will be no man's prize! She will however submit to the conquering knight's powerful physique and dark, piercing eyes. Brice thought he would pleasure his new wife out of duty – but it's become a nightly pleasure! The chink in his armor will be if he gives his heart to his new bride… His Enemy's Daughter Once irresistible to women, Soren Fitzrobert's life was changed forever by a brutal wound. Now Soren has taken revenge by claiming his enemy's daughter. Left temporarily blind by his invasion, innocent Sybilla trembles before the scarred barbarian. But it's not entirely out of fear. Forced into marriage, Sybilla must surrender to Soren's seduction, one sense at a time…
Author : Jack Ludlow
language : en
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Release Date : 2011-01-24
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Six brothers, trained since birth to become great warriors, prepare to experience their first taste of battle... 1033, the Norman/French border. The sons of Tancred de Hautville are following in their father's footsteps. As knights, they have but one true purpose: to fight. But denied service with their duke, they are forced to take employment as mercenaries: their unequalled battle skills are for hire to the highest bidder. Victory and defeat, betrayal and revenge combine as the desperation to rule the wealthy Norman lands becomes an intense battle, testing even the strongest of ties.
Author : Ari Marmell
language : en
Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Release Date : 2017-01-16
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It is a curse to be haunted by the past. It is worse to be hunted by it... In the realm of Imphallion, there once was a nightmare—a living nightmare known only as the Terror of the East. Nigh invulnerable in his magical black armor and aided by unholy minions, he laid waste to all in his path on his all-consuming quest to bring order to the land. His order. Then, at what should have been his moment of triumph, his will failed. And his army fell. Taking a young noblewoman as hostage, he escaped, vanishing into darkest memory. Years later, Corvis Rebaine is a simple man, content with his loving wife and children. The terrible deeds and glories of his past life are dead and buried along with his former name and its monstrous legacy—until his daughter is taken by fiends under a maniacal young warlord looking to complete the Terror’s conquest. Now, spurred to action by a newborn fury and thirst for vengeance, Rebaine must do the unthinkable—don the dark armor once again, gather his once-loyal cadre of killers, and fight to save both the family he loves and the country he once almost destroyed. And all who stand in his way will have one final thought before death... The Terror has returned. “Action-packed...an intriguingly twisty plot, full of magic and political intrigue.”—Booklist “Superior storytelling and deft dialog make this a top-notch choice . . . filled with dark humor as well as scenes of brutal battle and high magic.”—Library Journal “A powerful fantasy, with well drawn heroes and delightfully wicked, yet complicated, villains. Ari Marmell has made his mark in the genre.”—Paul S. Kemp, author of the Erevis Cale trilogy “A tale that begins where most stories end and features a most unlikely protagonist. Twists of humor leaven this story of desperate people in dangerous times, as a conqueror discovers that perhaps those who live by the sword are sometimes doomed to face the business end of one. A great mix of character and action.”—Robin Hobb, author of Dragon Keeper The text of this edition is unchanged from that of the Del Rey edition.
Author : William Urban
language : en
Release Date : 2015-11-30
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The Middle Ages were a turbulent and violent time, when the fate of nations was most often decided on the battlefield, and strength of arms was key to acquiring and maintaining power. Feudal oaths and local militias were more often than not incapable of providing the skilled and disciplined warriors necessary to keep the enemy at bay. It was the mercenary who stepped in to fill the ranks. A mercenary was a professional soldier who took employment with no concern for the morals or cause of the paymaster. But within these confines we discover a surprising array of men, from the lowest-born foot soldier to the wealthiest aristocrat the occasional clergyman, even. What united them all was a willingness, and often the desire, to fight for their supper. In this benchmark work, William Urban explores the vital importance of the mercenary to the medieval power-broker, from the Byzantine Varangian Guard to fifteenth-century soldiers of fortune in the Baltic. Through contemporary chronicles and the most up-to-date scholarship, he presents an in-depth portrait of the mercenary across the Middle Ages.
Author : Julian May
language : en
Release Date : 2005-03-29
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From the author of The Many-Colored Land comes the saga of a land beyond the horizon, where the quest for power is eternal, where magic and mystery are feared above all, and one man sought to reign. On a remote island, far in the Boreal Sea, four kingdoms have struggled against one another since time out of mind. Most mysterious is the marshland kingdom of Moss—feared by the others and ruled by the Sorcerers. Soon, all will be put in peril’s way. In recent years, three of the kingdoms have suffered fearsome volcanic eruptions that choke crops, famine among people, and an ailing leader on his deathbed. Only Moss, poverty-stricken and desolate at the best of times, seems untroubled. But Prince Conrig of Cathra, who waits patiently as his father, the king, wastes slowly away, is in league with his lover, the seductive sorceress Princess Ullanoth of Moss. And if their secret alliance succeeds in its goal, the warring kingdoms of High Blenholme will be united once and for all—under the iron hand of one supreme rule.