A typical landsknecht pikeman. After the fall of Charles the Bold of Burgundy at the hands of the Swiss, the Holy Roman Empire took notice of the latter's methods. Maximillian I melded mercenaries into a mainly Germanic version of the Swiss into "servants of the country" or "landsknechts". These formations broke the Swiss monopoly on reliable infantry, and this lead to intense enmity between the two. Osprey Publishing/Gerry Embleton.