from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A leader of mercenary soldiers between the 14th and 16th centuries.
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- n. A mercenary military leader from 14th century Italy and later in other parts of Europe
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A military adventurer of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, who sold his services, and those of his followers, to any party in any contest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Italian hist, one of a class of professional military captains in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, who raised troops and sold their services to warring states and princes.
Hafner and Ardea have laid bare two detestable souls, the one of an infamous usurer, half German, half Dutch; the other of a degraded nobleman, in whom is revived some ancient 'condottiere'.
There was in his composition something of the mediæval "condottiere," and a good deal more of that Dugald Dalgetty whom Scott drew.
Representing the Serenissima, Giustiniani (unsuccessfully) petitioned Pope Pius II to pardon the condottiere, whose lands Venice considered the belly of its republic.
Although one should generally refuse that food which "needlessly taxes digestion and so impairs mental activity," a young student — particularly a young condottiere such as Guidobaldo — could not be permitted to develop a finicky palate.
Two years later, Federico received formal training as a condottiere under Milan's captain general, the shrewd tactician Niccolò Piccinino.
For a condottiere in particular, the delicate balance of war and peace was essential for the prosperity of the lands and people under his protection, as well as the artists and scholars supported at his court.
From its inception, the alliance was tenuous: concessions were made on all accounts in order for agreement to be reached among its intricately intermarried and perpetually embattled members. 161 Francesco Sforza, previously a condottiere employed by the Visconti, was installed as duke of Milan to protect the territory from possible dynastic claims made by the French king.
A woodcut in the March 1491 Venetian edition of the Divine Comedy depicts the condottiere recounting his misfortune to Virgil and Dante.
Although he had retired as a condottiere and joined the Franciscan Order in 1296, Guido gave false counsel to the Colonna during Pope Bonifacio VIII's (1295 – 1303) campaign against the family.
A condottiere would have had another source of familiarity with penne, as the stabilizing components of the archer's arrow. back