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Mercenaries To Conquerors

Author : Paul Brown
language : en
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Release Date : 2016-10-14

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When a band of Norman adventurers arrived in southern Italy to fight in the Lombard insurrections against the Byzantine empire in the early 1000s, few would have predicted that within a generation these men would have seized control of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily. How did they make such extraordinary gains and then consolidate their power? Paul Brown, in this thoroughly researched and absorbing study, seeks to answer these questions and throw light onto the Norman conquests across the Mediterranean. Throughout he focuses on the military side of their progress, as they advanced from mercenaries to conquerors, then crusaders. The story of the campaigns they undertook in Italy, Sicily, the Balkans and the Near East reveals their remarkable talent for war. The dominant role played by a succession of Norman leaders is a key theme of the narrative – a line of ambitious and ruthless soldiers that ran from Robert Guiscard and Bohemond to Roger II and Tancred.

Mercenaries And Paid Men

Author : John France
language : en
Publisher: BRILL
Release Date : 2008-01-01

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Why were mercenaries such a commonplace of war in the medieval and early modern periods and why have they traditionally been so poorly regarded? Who were mercenaries, and how were they distinguished from other soldiers? The contributors to this volume attempt to cast light on these questions.

The Conqueror S Lady The Mercenary S Bride His Enemy S Daughter

Author : Terri Brisbin
language : en
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date : 2012-07-01

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The Conqueror's Lady To save her people and lands, the lady Fayth is forced to marry a powerful Breton knight. Brave and honourable, Giles Fitzhenry is a born warrior who has never been able to shake off the shame of his illegitimate birth. Giles has conquered all, but the ultimate battle will be for his new lady's love…and her utter surrender! The Mercenary's Bride Brice Fitzwilliam is awarded the title and lands of Thaxted…now the warrior waits to claim his promised virgin bride! But Gillian of Thaxted will be no man's prize! She will however submit to the conquering knight's powerful physique and dark, piercing eyes. Brice thought he would pleasure his new wife out of duty – but it's become a nightly pleasure! The chink in his armor will be if he gives his heart to his new bride… His Enemy's Daughter Once irresistible to women, Soren Fitzrobert's life was changed forever by a brutal wound. Now Soren has taken revenge by claiming his enemy's daughter. Left temporarily blind by his invasion, innocent Sybilla trembles before the scarred barbarian. But it's not entirely out of fear. Forced into marriage, Sybilla must surrender to Soren's seduction, one sense at a time…


Author : Jack Ludlow
language : en
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Release Date : 2011-01-24

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Six brothers, trained since birth to become great warriors, prepare to experience their first taste of battle... 1033, the Norman/French border. The sons of Tancred de Hautville are following in their father's footsteps. As knights, they have but one true purpose: to fight. But denied service with their duke, they are forced to take employment as mercenaries: their unequalled battle skills are for hire to the highest bidder. Victory and defeat, betrayal and revenge combine as the desperation to rule the wealthy Norman lands becomes an intense battle, testing even the strongest of ties.

Conqueror S Moon

Author : Julian May
language : en
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date : 2005-03-29

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From the author of The Many-Colored Land comes the saga of a land beyond the horizon, where the quest for power is eternal, where magic and mystery are feared above all, and one man sought to reign. On a remote island, far in the Boreal Sea, four kingdoms have struggled against one another since time out of mind. Most mysterious is the marshland kingdom of Moss—feared by the others and ruled by the Sorcerers. Soon, all will be put in peril’s way. In recent years, three of the kingdoms have suffered fearsome volcanic eruptions that choke crops, famine among people, and an ailing leader on his deathbed. Only Moss, poverty-stricken and desolate at the best of times, seems untroubled. But Prince Conrig of Cathra, who waits patiently as his father, the king, wastes slowly away, is in league with his lover, the seductive sorceress Princess Ullanoth of Moss. And if their secret alliance succeeds in its goal, the warring kingdoms of High Blenholme will be united once and for all—under the iron hand of one supreme rule.

Merchant Kings

Author : Stephen R. Bown
language : en
Publisher: D & M Publishers
Release Date : 2009-12-01

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Commerce meets conquest in this swashbuckling story of the six merchant-adventurers who built the modern world, as told by “Canada’s Simon Winchester” (Globe and Mail). Through the Age of Heroic Commerce, from the 17th to the 19th centuries, a rogue’s gallery of larger-than-life merchant kings ruled vast tracts of the globe and expanded their far-flung monopolies to generate revenue for their shareholders, feather their own nests and satisfy their vanity and curiosity. Their exploits changed the world during an age of unfettered globalization, mirroring a world we know today. Merchant Kings looks at each ruling monopoly through its greatest merchant king and considers their stories together for the first time: Jan Pieterszoon Coen of the Dutch East India Company Pieter Stuyvesant of the Dutch West India Company Robert Clive of the English East India Company Alexandr Baranov of the Russian-American Company George Simpson of the Hudson’s Bay Company Cecil John Rhodes of the British South Africa Company

The Conqueror S Shadow

Author : Ari Marmell
language : en
Publisher: Spectra
Release Date : 2010-02-23

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They called him the Terror of the East. Hidden beneath a suit of enchanted black armor and wielding a demon-forged axe, Corvis Rebaine carved a bloody path through Imphallion, compelled by a desire to see the land governed with some degree of honesty. Yet just when victory was in his grasp, Rebaine faltered, then vanished, taking a single hostage—a young noblewoman named Tyannon—to guarantee his escape. Seventeen years later, Rebaine and Tyannon are married and raising their children. Rebaine has given up his dreams of conquest. Not even news of the upstart warlord Audriss can stir the retired warrior to action—until his daughter is assaulted by Audriss’s goons. Now, to rescue the country he once tried to conquer, Rebaine once more dons the armor of the Terror of the East. But does he dare reawaken the part of him that gloried in destruction? With the safety of his family at stake, can he dare not to?