Michael N. Boncardo '18, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2014


First Year Seminar


This paper examines the use of mercenary warfare on the Italian peninsula during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. It later focuses on the unique political and economic environment in Florence that led to Niccolo Machiavelli orchestrating the creation of the Florentine militia.


This paper was written for Prof. Felicia Else's course, FYS 197: Florence: Art, Money, and Power in the Renaissance City, Fall 2014.