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Mercenaries And paid men in Gilbert of Mons

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This chapter examines a specific situation of mercenaries and paid men in a particular late-twelfth-century chronicle, Chronicon Hanoniense by Gilbert of Mons. It then deals with Gilbert of Mons' conception of paid men, as opposed to mercenaries. One of the points which is central to Gilbert?s praise of his patron, Count Baldwin V of Hainaut, is the count?s consistent ability to pay his own expenses in wars. There are two main points about the issue of paid men in the chapter, the first being the costs of the count of Hainaut's army. The second point in the chapter is Gilbert's marked emphasis on the difference between the count of Hainaut who paid his own way, and Duke Henry of Brabant/Louvain who received all his expenses.

Keywords: Chronicon Hanoniense; Gilbert of Mons; mercenaries; paid men

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