Warriors for a living: the experience of the Spanish infantry in the Italian wars, 1494-1559

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In Warriors for a Living, Idan Sherer examines the experience of the Spanish infantry during the formative period of the Italian Wars. Decades of clashes between Spain and France transformed Italy into a crucible of military tactics and technology and brought about the emergence of the Spanish infantry tercios as Europe's finest military force for more than a century. From their recruitment, through the complexities of everyday life in the army and culminating in the potential brutality of soldiering, the book offers a fresh and much needed exploration, analysis and, at times, reconsideration of what it meant to be a professional soldier in early modern Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages289
ISBN (Electronic)9789004337725
ISBN (Print)9789004337718
StatePublished - Jan 2017

Publication series

NameHistory of Warfare

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Atrocities -- Italy -- History -- 16th century
  • Italy -- History -- 1492-1559
  • Italy -- History, Military -- 1268-1559
  • Soldiers -- Spain -- History -- 16th century
  • Spain -- Ejército -- Infantería -- History -- 16th century
  • Spain -- History, Military -- 16th century


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