By M. E. Mallett, J. R. Hale
This booklet describes the function and association of the land forces of a renaissance country over an extended interval. It therefore presents a version opposed to which the army improvement of alternative international locations will be measured when it comes to the composition, keep an eye on and value of armies. principally, it redresses the imbalance wherein basically the naval forces of Venice were studied heavily. it truly is hence a vital contribution to an realizing of the extension and upkeep of an empire by way of land and sea, and of the energy in troops and fortifications that preserved Venice because the one actually self sustaining nation in sixteenth-century Italy. It additionally provides considerably to an figuring out of the connection among Venice and the republic's topic territories.
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2, 6iv (2 Oct. 1404). 15 With the approach of winter Malatesta indicated his wish to retire, and Savelli took over from him. Venice was clearly reluctant to accept any premature seasonal break in the hostilities and decided to renew all the condotte and keep the armies in the field. e. two months ferma and two months di rispetto. Certainly vigorous fighting went on round Padua in November and December, leading to the fall of Piove di Sacco; but following that the winter lull set in and the armies were run down and went into winter quarters.
The decision to allow Carmagnola 200 lances was passed in the Senate by only 84 votes to 62, with 10 nan sinceri. See also A. Battistella, / / Conte Carmagnola (Genoa, 1889) 93-103. 32 The composition and role of the army was uncovered, and this clear evidence of a breach between him and Milan helped the Senate to make up its mind about him. By the autumn heavy Florentine defeats at the hands of Milan, and the urgings of Carmagnola himself, were steadily pushing Venice towards an alliance with Florence and war with Milan.
Casati, La guerra di Chioggia e la pace di Torino (Florence, 1866); V. , ser. 5, xlviii-xlix (1951) 53-74. On Cavalli, see DBL, xxii, 727-31. Thiriet, 355-63; Lane, Venice, 198-9; Cessi, Politica ed economia, 249-73. 15 Part I: c. 1400 to 1508 contributed to Venice's continued reluctance to make any decisive moves on the Terraferma. One such move was made, however, and that was the decision to ally with the rising power of the Visconti and take the opportunity to overthrow the dangerous Carraresi.