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By the early 15th century the coffers of the Italian city states were overflowing with gold from their trade with the east. Cities like Milan, Florence and Venice had grown in size, prestige and affluence however their dependence on peasants to fill the ranks of their armies made them prime targets for attack by foreigners and neighbours alike.

In order to defend their territories, the city states hired large groups of mercenaries called “Condotta”, which were lead by captains called Condottieri.

Unlike the Knights of other European countries, Condottieri were not necessarily nobles. Many were low born and more than a few were foreigners. Anyone with the skills and determination could become Condottieri; for this they were rewarded with wealth, land, recognition and fame.

However, some were little more than bandits and thieves and it was not uncommon for them to change sides, for the right price, and many of them receiving bribes from towns to avoid being attacked.

The Condottieri attracted all those in society who aspired for greatness; some were adventurers, great captains, statesmen, patrons of the arts, patriots and others, like Hawkwood, Sforza, Malatesta, Colleoni and Gonzaga, were powerful political figures who left their mark on history.

We are the Condottieri, we fight for pay and our loyalty is to the highest bidder.

The Condottieri is a group dedicated to recreating the look and feel of an Italian mercenary encampment in the year 1415. Various aspects of the lives of the nobility, knights, soldiers, craftsmen and camp followers are brought to life for the entertainment and enjoyment of all. This includes, but is not limited to, the clothes they wore, the foods they ate, the games and entertainments they enjoyed, their arts and crafts and their military and martial skills.

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  • Aug 21, 2006
  • English

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