from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See lansquenet.
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In an alcove by the stairway, they have the first version of Old Thomas, a copper landsknecht who used to sit on the weathervane, and who is obviously the local genius locus.
Note:  This name is derived from the German ` landsknecht '(` valet of the fief'), applied to a mercenary soldier.
It was explained that Lucas, not doubting Stephen's resolution, but quite aware of the tricks of landsknecht captains with promising recruits in view, had gone first in search of Smallbones, but had found him and the Ancient so deeply engaged in potations from the liberal supply of the Emperor to all English guests, that there was no getting him apart, and he was too much muddled to comprehend if he could have been spoken with.
[Footnote 9: It is sometimes spelled _landsknecht_, as if it meant
Charles is not handsome, but he is very brave, and fought like a landsknecht; and if he continues to fight thus, no doubt he will finish by gaining a battle, like Rocroi -- "