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Hawkwood

Frances Stonor Saunders

Hawkwood: Diabolical Englishman, by Frances Stonor Saunders, is the first biography of the mercenary John Hawkwood for over a century, from the author of Who Paid the Piper?: The CIA and the Cultural Cold War and The Woman Who Shot Mussolini.

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£12.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571219094
Date Published
07.07.2005
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Summary

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.

FrancesStonor Saunders

Frances Stonor Saunders is the author of the bestselling Hawkwood, and of Who Paid the Piper?, a cultural history of the Cold War that has been translated into ten languages and was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Memorial Prize. Her most recent book is The Woman who Shot Mussolini. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the New Statesman…

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