By Anne Leader
Sir John Hawkwood (d. 1394) led Paduan forces against the Veronese at the Battle of Castagnaro, fought on 11 March 1387. Many regard this victory as Hawkwood’s greatest. The English mercenary soldier (condottiere) fought for hire in Italy for over three decades. His great success made him a wealthy man and earned him the honor of a cenotaph in the Cathedral of Florence, painted there by Paolo Uccello in 1436.