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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.
(4.) Yuval Harari, "The Military Role of the Frankish Turcopoles: A Reassessment," Mediterranean Historical Review 12 (1997), 75-116.