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MEN AT ARMS 459: THE VARANGIAN GUARD 988-1453
Author: D'Amato, R.

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Osprey Publishing 2010 Paperback 248mm x 184mm 48 pages 8pp colour plates, many b/w photos, ills.

MEN AT ARMS 459: THE VARANGIAN GUARD 988-1453

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The Varangian Guards were Viking mercenaries who operated far beyond their native shores as an elite force within the Byzantine Armies. Descendants from a legendary line of warriors the Varangian Guard was formed after a group of Viking mercenaries made a major contribution to the Byzantine Emperor Basil II's victory over rebel forces in 988 AD. These 5000 men were then retained as Basil's personal guard and would provide loyal service to many successive occupants of the imperial throne. Commonly referred to as 'foreigners' (Etaireia) they were nonetheless absorbed into a new Palatine regiment under command of an officer termed the Akolouthos who was either a Norsemen or a Rus (Norsemen colonisers of Russia). The Varangians wore mixtures of their native clothing and armour together with a splendid formal Byzantine uniform. But most famously they always wielded their own traditional battle-axes and in fact this became a sign that the emperor was on the battlefield in person. This is an insightful look of one of the legendary guard units of the medieval world.

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Author D'Amato, R.
Publisher Osprey Publishing
ISBN 9781849081795
Date of Publication 2010
Edition N/A
Binding Paperback
Book Size 248mm x 184mm
Number of pages 48
Images 8pp colour plates, many b/w photos, ills
Language English Text
SKU MBN11842

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