Edition: 2019
Pages: 320
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788842091639

The Arms, the Horses and the Gold. Giovanni Acuto and the mercenaries in fourteenth-century Italy

Duccio Balestracci


"On the morning of 20 March, 1394, Florence work to the sound of bells tolling. The Florentines knew exactly what those bells meant and little by little began moving en masse towards Piazza della Signoria.On the death of John Hawkwood-the English mercenary who was renamed Giovanni Acuto-the city rendered the honours of a full state funeral. The man who had been the greatest and most feared condottiere of the Florentines, who had cost a fortune when alive, did not come cheap in death either."

The author

Duccio Balestracci

Duccio Balestraccihas been professor of Medieval History and Medieval Civilisation at the University of Siena. Among his most recent publications Terre ignote strana gente. Storie di viaggiatori medievali (2008); La battaglia di Montaperti (2017); Il Palio di Siena. Una festa italiana (2019).

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