"Condottieri were mercenary soldiers who fought for (and against) the Italian city-states of the late Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. The 'White company' was a famous army of English mercenaries led by Sir John Hawkwood. For thirty years they fought their way around Italy. Perhaps their most famous victory was at the Battle of Castagnaro, 1387, between Verona and Padua. Fighting for Padua, Hawkwood led a daring cavalry raid through the woods, hitting the Verona left flank with brutal force. It is said that Hawkwood's battle cry on the day was 'Carne!' ('Flesh!')."