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Condottieri

 

leaders of mercenary military detachments (or companies) in Italy from the 14th through 16th centuries in the service of individual rulers and popes.

The condottieri became very important in the continuous warfare between the Italian states. In the 14th century most of the recruits were foreign knights, but at the end of the 14th century Italian condottieri began displacing the foreigners. Some condottieri seized power in cities and established tyrannies, like Francesco Sforza in Milan. The condottieri, who plundered and devastated Italy, contributed to the weakening of the country. In the late 15th century, when infantry and artillery became more important than cavalry (the main force of the condottieri), the institution of the condottieri gradually began to disappear.

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It requires a tremendous amount of energy to serve that demand, at significant cost," said CLWA General Manager Dan Masnada.
Teolane's dam, Masnada, was by Erins Isle, who was trained by Bolger to win the Gallinule Stakes and the Ballymoss Stakes (later the Tattersalls Gold Cup) before continuing his career with great success for Charlie Whittingham in the States.
But Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency, which manages the local imported supply and operates a municipal service, said that isn't so.
Kevin Manning enjoyed another successful season and brought his tally to 56 when notching a final day double on Just Special and course-specialist Masnada.
We can always rely on a good run from Masnada and Jim Bolger's game mare could be the answer to the Ray O'Brien Mazda Handicap.
He added: "She might emulate her mother, Masnada, who won nine races.
Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency, which manages imported water in the Santa Clarita Valley, will be guest speaker.
Taking the lead two furlongs out, he was only headed close home and beaten a short head and a head by Silver Dagger and Masnada.
Major Force won by more than five lengths over a mile here 15 days ago and can go well in the EBF Knockaire Stakes, while Jim Bolger's Masnada can win the Heather Road Fund Race.
Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency, said the federal funding, if approved, would help cover his agency's costs for years and augment a settlement with the former owners.
Irish trainer Jim Bolger yesterday ruled out a raid with Masnada, who won a ten-furlong race at Leopardstown this month.
MOONBI RIDGE isn't far off obvious choices CHARTRES and MASNADA on figures for the ten-furling rated race.