Sir John Hawkwood: Story of a Condottiere

Sir John Hawkwood: Story of a Condottiere

By John Temple-Leader and Giuseppe Marcotti

(London, 1889)

Chapter 1: On the left bank of the little river Colne in Essex, in the parish of Sible Hedingham not far from the ancient city of Colchester, there still exists an old house and estate named Hawkwood manor, – once a feudal dependance on the Castle of Hedingham belonging to the Earls of Oxford, and which was in the possession of the Hawkwoods as far back as the reigns of John Lack-Land and Edward III. Tradition says that our John Hawkwood was born here, and we have no reason to doubt it.

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