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"In this book, William Caferro ably connects his interests in economic history with his studies of mercenary companies during the fourteenth century in Italy."

"This is an exceptionally important book that will repay careful reading as it shows how military stress far short of all-out war can, in effect, unmake a state."

"The relation between Mercenary Companies and the Decline of Siena is a major theme that has long needed its historian. William Caferro offers still more in this realistic appraisal. He provides a thoughtful and challenging examination of Sienese public finance and administration in the second half of the fourteenth century that presents valuable insights into hitherto unrevealed continuities in the history of a fascinating Italian city republic."