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This front matter section of the book Mercenaries and Paid Men contains table of contents and list of contributors. Mercenaries have always had a poor press. Theirs is one of the world's oldest professions, but the very word has profoundly negative connotations of infidelity and ruthlessness. But were they so different from soldiers? Why, in any case, were they so omnipresent in the warfare of the medieval and early modern period? What kind of men became mercenaries and where did they come from? These are some of the questions which the book addresses.

Keywords: Mercenaries; paid men

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