Abrecht da Barbiano
An Italian military officer; formed the first regular company of Italian troops organized to resist foreign mercenaries, about 1379. This organization, named the “Company of St. George,” proved to be an admirable school, as from its ranks sprang many future officers of renown. He became Grand Constaable of Naples in 1384, and died in 1409.
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