- Tapa blanda: 48 páginas
- Editor: Osprey Publishing (20 de junio de 2010)
- Colección: Men-at-Arms
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1849081794
- ISBN-13: 978-1849081795
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
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The Varangian Guard 988-1453 (Men-at-Arms) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 20 jun 2010
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"The Varangian Guard 988-1453 shines a spotlight on legendary warriors who operated far beyond their native shores as an elite force within the Byzantine army ... Overall this 48-page book is a slender but insightful look at one of the legendary guard units of the medieval world." --Toy Soldier & Model Figure
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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 5,000 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.Ver Descripción del producto
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I would happily use this book in home schooling, and even young teens will find the reading level accessible, and the material interesting enough to persevere if it proves slightly harder to read than anticipated. Boys in particular find this book worth the effort to grow in their reading skills. I consider it an entry book for the entire study of the middle ages.
The Guard began as Scandinavians who had settled in Russia (e.g., in the Kiev area). Later, many hired out to the Eastern Roman Empire as soldiers (men-at-arms). Pages 4-6, at the outset, provide a useful chronology of the Guard's linkage to the Empire. The book also has narrative, on a century to century basis, of the Guard--from the 10th century through the 15th century. Over time, they evolved from an elite unit in the army to the Emperor's own guard.
The Guard appears to have numbered between 4,000 to 6,000 soldiers (for the most part) over time. The book discusses leadership, their service in the army as well as their service as imperial guards, equipment (several pages of colorful pictures of troops, uniforms, and weapons). The book concludes with a brief but helpful bibliography.
Since I knew very little about the Varangian Guard, even this slim book was a nice resource, helping me to learn something of this military force.