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Varangians of Byzantium

ISBN-10: 052103552X

ISBN-13: 9780521035521

Edition: 2007

Authors: Benedict Benedikz

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Description:

An aura of romance has clung about the Varangians for over six centuries. This text examines how the Norsemen came to be drawn into the Imperial service until the greatest of all the Emperors of the East, Basil II, formed them into the regiment of guards which was to give unique service to the Empire.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

Illustrations
Preface
Varangians and their origins
The army and navy of the High Byzantine Empire
Norse and Russian forces in the Byzantine army to the death of Romanos III
Haraldr Siguroarson and his period as a Varangian in Constantinople, 1034-1043
The Varangians between 1042 and 1081
Varangians during the period 1081-1204
The ghost of the regiment: Varangian evidences 1204-1453
The Emperor, his Court, his guards and his city
Some individual Norse and English Varangians and travellers to Byzantium
Runic inscriptions concerning Varangians
Select Bibliography
Index