Biographical notes on War Captains and Mercenary Leaders operating in Italy between 1330 and 1550

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Welcome to Our Collection of Condottieri Biographies

Explore the lives and legacies of the Condottieri, the notable mercenary leaders of medieval Italy. Our growing collection provides in-depth profiles that reveal their strategies, victories, and impact on medieval Italy’s history. As we continue to add more biographies, journey with us into the intriguing world of these historical figures.

The Stark Fate of Ottobono Terzi, Medieval Italy’s Bold Tactician

The Gruesome Fate of Ottobono Terzi and Its Impact on Italian Cities. Count of Tizzano, Count of Reggio Emilia, Marquis of Borgo San Donnino. Lord...

Michael Gaismair: The Rebel Commander’s Quest Against Feudal Powers

From Venetian Ally to Habsburg Foe: Gaismair's Turbulent Life. Michael Gaismair (1490-1532) was a Tyrolean peasant leader and revolutionary during the German Peasants' War. As...

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Castruccio Castracani: The Life & Legacy of a Medieval Condottiere

CASTRUCCIO CASTRACANI (Castruccio degli Inteminelli, Castruccio degli Antelminelli) Of Lucca. Guelph family. Castruccio Castracani (1281-1328) was a prominent condottiere and ruler of Lucca in the...

Giovanni Acuto: John Hawkwood’s Influence on Italian Military History

The Life and Myths of Giovanni Acuto: The Cunning English Mercenary in Italy's History. John Hawkwood, also known as Giovanni AcutoBorn: 1323Death: 1394 Born around 1323...

The Life and Legacy of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

Legacy and Historical Impact: Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta's Military Campaigns. Born: 1417 (June)Death: 1468 (October) Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417-1468) was an influential Italian condottiero and nobleman from...

Federico da Montefeltro: A Mercenary Captain’s Journey to Ducal Power

Born: 1422 (June)Death: 1482 (September) Federico III da Montefeltro, widely known as Federico da Montefeltro, was a preeminent mercenary captain or "condottiero" during the Italian Renaissance,...

Francesco Sforza: The Power and Prestige of a Renaissance Duke

The Birth of a Dynasty: Sforza's Ascension to Power. "FRANCESCO SFORZA (Francesco da Cotignola) Of San Miniato. Francesco Sforza (1401-1466) was a leading Italian condottiero and...

Braccio di Montone: A Condottiero’s Journey to Power

Braccio di Montone: A Strategist of the Medieval Era. Andrea Fortebraccio, widely known as Braccio da Montone, was an iconic Italian noble, mercenary leader, and...

Muzio Attendolo Sforza: The Rise of a Renaissance Condottiero

The Strategic Mind of Muzio Attendolo Sforza. MUZIO ATTENDOLO SFORZA (Giacomo Attendolo) of Cotignola. Count of Serracapriola, Baron of Torremaggiore. Muzio Attendolo Sforza, born on 28...

The Sword and Strategy: Niccolò Piccinino’s Rise to Commanding Heights

Strategist and Fighter: Niccolò Piccinino's Pivotal Role in Shaping Italian History. Niccolò Piccinino (1386-1444) was an Italian condottiero. Born in Callisciana, he was nicknamed "Piccinino"...
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