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1. (Historical Terms) a mercenary foot soldier in late 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century Europe, esp a German pikeman
2. (Military) a mercenary foot soldier in late 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century Europe, esp a German pikeman
[German, literally: landknight]


(Ger. ˈlɑntsˌknɛxt)

a European mercenary foot soldier of the 16th century, armed with a pike.
[1820–30; < German]
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In 1950, Grigorii Aleksandrov, whose films Jolly Fellows (1934) and Circus (1936) used American models as a basis for starting the genre of Soviet musical comedy and who had earlier studied American filmmaking alongside Sergei Eisenstein, both in the Soviet Union and in the United States, wrote in a high-profile publication dedicated to Soviet cinema's 30th anniversary: "In recent years, in capitalist countries millions of viewers have been subjected to criminal subversion by rotten servants of American imperialism, who are trying, under the banner of art, to corrupt peoples' souls and turn them into a Landsknecht army, to be used in new military adventures planned by the imperialists.
For instance, today's PMCs had as their antecedents the sixteenth-century German Landsknecht mercenary bands and the Italian condottieri.
Martin wields a great two-handed Landsknecht sword in the subsequent sack of the city.
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The repertoire includes portrait busts Philip I of Hesse and Christine of Saxony, together with full-length portraits of Landsknecht soldiers and representations of the Temptation, both themes widely represented among earthenware stove-tiles of northern Germany at this time, and taken directly from the Lutheran visual catechism.
Both in his skillful juxtaposing of the images of the gypsy and the gypsy's women, and the Landsknecht and Landsknecht's woman he shows how both communities, something of outcasts, nevertheless possessed an allure and a cachet that many at the time found appealing.
There are disquisitions on everything from the Landsknecht (a Renaissance infantryman) to the chibook (a Turkish pipe) and everyone from the Jazyges ("an Iranian speaking branch of the Sarmatians mentioned by Herodotus") to the Uniats (a Greco-Catholic sect), from St.
1535; also acquired by Charles II), and a drawing by Leonardo of a masquerader dressed fancifully as a Landsknecht.
1493); engaged in minor border warfare during the 1490s and early 1500s; led a large contingent of landsknechts in the French invasion of Italy (1513); fought with distinction at the battle of Novara, saving the lives of two of his sons (June 6, 1513); allied himself with King Charles I of Spain (the future Emperor Charles V) (1518), but deserted his cause when reconciled with King Francis I of France, and declared war on Charles (1521); invaded Luxembourg and laid siege to Virton (April 1521), thus provoking war between Francis and Charles; defeated and driven from many of his lands, he lost Bouillon itself; restored to his lands by the treaty of Madrid (January 14, 1526), he was unable to recover his holdings before his death (1536).
145] On the morning of 6 May, the footsoldiers of Charles V, about 20,000 Landsknechts and Spaniards, stormed into the city, where they slaughtered, pillaged, tortured, and raped for weeks.