The Merciless Mercenaries of the Italian Renaissance - Stephanie Honchell Smith

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John Horgan
by TED-Ed
published on 21 July 2023

Dig into the history of the elite mercenaries known as condottieri, who were soldiers for hire for Italy's rich and powerful.

During the 14th and 15th centuries, mercenaries known as condottieri dominated Italian warfare, profiting from— and encouraging— the region’s intense political rivalries. As rulers competed for power and prestige, their disputes often played out in military conflicts, fought almost entirely by the condottieri. So who were these elite and conniving warriors? Stephanie Honchell Smith investigates.

Lesson by Stephanie Honchell Smith, directed by Yael Reisfeld.

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