Recruitment and finance

Normal Housley

in Crusading and the Ottoman Threat, 1453-1505

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199227051
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746031 | DOI:
Recruitment and finance

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This chapter begins with a consideration of the part that was played by voluntary service, moving from examples that demonstrate its significance and broad spread, to the remarkable cluster of occasions on which crucesignati took part in combat in Hungary between 1456 and 1464. Analysis is then advanced of the various ways in which funding was proposed to pay for crusading. The conclusion is that none of the methods attempted, including taxation of the clergy, Jews, and laity, proved capable of bridging the funding shortfall that troubled all promoters of crusading against the Turks.

Keywords: volunteers; Hungary; Belgrade; Capistrano; Hunyadi; taxation; alum

Chapter.  19866 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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