turcopole


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turcopole

(ˈtɜːkəʊˌpəʊl)
n
during the Crusades, a type of lightly armed and low-ranking soldier belonging to the Order of St John of Jerusalem, used mainly as mounted archers and scouts
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However, the local mixed-race soldiers called Turcopoles, second-generation poor and orientalised Latins known as poulains, Venetian and Genoese merchants and newly arrived knights needed the taverns and pleasures of the military town.