Hawkwood's Sword

Hawkwood's Sword

Frank Payton


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Hawkwood‚s Sword vividly portrays the life of a mercenary on the battle fields in 14th century Italy and France. A tough and resilient hero Captain John Hawkwood commands like-minded fighting men gathered from England and all over Europe Alongside the German and European mercenaries lead by Albrecht Sterz, they make war for whomever pays them the most. Hawkwood is one of the best at his trade: courageous, a practiced fighter, but also chivalrous. The various lords of Lombardy and the Papal states pay him to sack cities and ambush their enemies, but who of these counts and nobles can themselves be trusted? Hawkwood must rely on his sword and finely tuned instincts to protect his life and that of his men from treachery and betrayal on all sides.

Despite his hard and ruthless life profession, Hawkwood is not immune to romance and finds that here too he must compete before he can win the lady of his dreams. A romantic tale of the actual campaign waged by the White Company in the 14th century Italy.

Frank Payton writes with a sharp eye for historical detail that combined with well-executed battle scenes, brings to life the mercenaries of Europe's 14th century.


Frank Payton:

Payton took early retirement from British Coal, and opened what eventually became a very successful book-selling business in Mansfield, dealing with antiquarian and newly published books.

Payton retired to Lincolnshire in 2001, where he began to write.His abiding interest and passion over many years has been history, and over the years has covered a diversity of periods and countries. He became in turn the founding Secretary of the Nottinghamshire Family History Society, and later the Society’s President.