Fourteenth-century Europe is writhing in the grasp of the Black Death, and in Britain, the Hundred Years' War drags painfully on; danger, uncertainty and desperation are indiscriminate. During this unstable time, English knight Sir John de Hawkwood, ...
veteran of the battles of Crecy and Poitiers, leads his White Company into the war-torn territory of medieval Italy, and begins a chequered career in the service of the warring Italian city states - Pisa, Florence, Milan and Rome. Exploring the enigma of Hawkwood, knight, mercenary and freebooter extraordinaire, "Condottierre" is a novel of kings and princes, popes and anti-popes, dukes and despots, saints and sinners. Against a backdrop of plague and pestilence, internecine conflict and shifting allegiances, Crockett weaves a complex web of loyalty and betrayal, ambition and intrigue, simmering hatred and enduring love. Based on exhaustive research this is a splendidly realised historical fiction and an evocative and truly compelling adventure.
Number of pages: 256
Date of publication: 24/03/2006
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