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5 A Life in Arms

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For barons and castellans, the military traditions of their families were a fundamental aspect of their collective identity. Their estates were incomplete without at least one fortress or at the very least a defensible house; their power was estimated in terms of the numbers of men from their lands, and of their amici and partisans who would come to fight for them and under their command. Roman barons were drawn into the dynastic wars in Naples, attracted by the prospect of grants of estates there, as well as condotte. After Ferdinand of Aragon had ousted the cadet line of his dynasty from the throne of Naples and the army of Louis XII in Naples had been defeated, barons who wanted to stay in the kingdom and hold on to their estates, and wanted a life in arms, had little option but to serve in the forces of their monarch.

Keywords: barons; castellans; Ferdinand; Louis XII; Naples

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