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Toni Lozica




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Feb, 2007 5:44 am    Post subject: Croatian mercenaries in Europe in 16th/17th century         Reply with quote

I've heard that Croatian mercenaries were quite fearsome during period.
It is known that the guards of the Doge of Venice were Schiavoni, Dalmatian Slavs, mostly Croats.
Is there anyone who knows more about this or can point out some literature?
Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Fri 23 Feb, 2007 12:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Croatian mercenaries in Europe in 16th/17th century         Reply with quote

Toni Lozica wrote:
I've heard that Croatian mercenaries were quite fearsome during period.
It is known that the guards of the Doge of Venice were Schiavoni, Dalmatian Slavs, mostly Croats.
Is there anyone who knows more about this or can point out some literature?
Thanks in advance.

Toni Lozica
Rotterdam

Have you looked a the myArmoury feature article, The Schiavona and its Influences
? The article is primarily about the sword associated with these mercenaries, but does touch a little on the background of the soldiers, themselves.
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Toni Lozica




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Feb, 2007 5:13 pm    Post subject: Croatian mercenaries         Reply with quote

Thanks Steve. I've read this article earlier. However it is not much. At least not much more that I know of.
I believe that a problem with Croatian mercenaries is that they were mostly incorporated in other armies like Venetian, as mentioned in article and in Austrian army. Specially fighting Turks along the Military Cordon (Vojna Krajina).
I was hope thatthere is some of the experts visiting this forum could tell some more on this topic.

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PostPosted: Sat 24 Feb, 2007 1:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Then go check up the Uskoks. I think there's a book titled The Uskoks of Senj but I forgot the author (and I'm too lazy to check the myArmoury bookshelf to see who it is).
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PostPosted: Sat 24 Feb, 2007 7:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There were also the Stradioti, who could be about anything Balkan actually, but were employed as very light cavalry through the late-15th through the mid-16th Century by most of the Italian city-states, and France as well. They were armed in maille shirt, with light steel helmet of whichever fashion the time and place dictated, sword or sabre, shield and light lance. (Pretty much like all Eastern or border cavalrymen for hundreds of years.) There ought to be at least some information out there on the Stradiots.

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Toni Lozica




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PostPosted: Mon 26 Feb, 2007 3:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks to all for your reactions.
It seems that there is plenty of information on this in Croatian sources, but not on the web.
Will check asap and get back here with more info.
My foremost intention with this topic is to get more information from Western European sources to make some comparison.
Nevertheless thanks again.

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