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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2020 10:09 p.m. PST

…than today.

"Mercenaries in the 12th century faced widespread condemnation—some of it well-deserved, said Dr. Steven Isaac, a specialist in medieval military culture.

Some, but not all, of those who fought for pay in the 1100s were outcasts from society, scorned for their cruelty and extortion, condemned by the Catholic Church and often called wolves, said Isaac. "This comparison rested on stereotypes—often exaggerated—that were accepted about how both wolves and mercenaries supposedly behaved," he said…"
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